Abraham votes against Omnibus
WASHINGTON - Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, voted against the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill passed by the House on Friday, Dec. 18.
The omnibus passed the House with a 316 - 113 vote. The Senate was expected to take up the bill Friday night.
“This omnibus bill does nothing to curtail Washington’s out-of-control spending. If anything, it adds to the problem. We’re going to saddle our grandchildren with unmanageable debt if we don’t get serious about this problem. It’s an irresponsible way to govern,” Dr. Abraham said.
Not only did the omnibus bust spending caps by nearly $58 billion, but it also failed to address a number of conservative priorities. The omnibus maintains funding levels for the abortion provider Planned Parenthood, takes no steps to halt the influx of Syrian refugees, and fails to repeal the Environmental Protection Agency’s most burdensome regulations, including the Waters of the US rule.
“The message I hear repeatedly throughout my district is that Congress must leverage the power of the purse to combat President Obama’s destructive policies. We missed an opportunity to do that with this omnibus, and Congress must do better a better job in the future,” Dr. Abraham said.