Thursday, December 17, 2015

Arizona Rep. Salmon Opposes 2,000 Page, Trillion Dollar Spending Bill

Washington, D.C. Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) announced today his formal opposition to the Consolidated Appropriations Act, a shoddy piece of legislation drafted without the input of the full House of Representatives.
Congressman  Matt Salmon
“The concern on everyone’s mind today – the security of our homeland against infiltration by radical Islamic terrorists – was not so much as even contemplated in this bill.  In fact, the amendments proposed by members of the House Freedom Caucus to this bill were casually shut down by the Rules Committee last night.  This unwise choice clearly announces that House leadership doesn’t think the integrity of our nation is worth addressing before we adjourn for the year.

“To make matters worse, along with the other gains conservatives hoped for in the funding bill, the modest spending caps put in place just two years ago were gutted.   Finally, reduced funding for Planned Parenthood was not included even after they were caught on tape brutally selling parts from aborted children.

“As the one bright spot in this week’s votes, the House today voted to make permanent a ‘Tax Extenders Package’ which includes many provisions of our tax code that favor jobs and grow our economy—I was proud to add my vote in favor.  

The package also stopped the ‘Risk Corridor’ provision which would have used taxpayer dollars to subsidize health care insurance companies’ losses under the failed economics used to justify Obamacare.

“America needs better, and I sincerely hope this is the last time we see the convoluted, backroom dealings that created the menace of this omnibus spending bill.”
Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. He is also a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.


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