Abraham votes NO on federal spending bill
WASHINGTON - Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, issued the following statement about his vote against the spending bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives today.
“It’s like ‘Groundhog Day’ around here: The Senate drags its feet on appropriations bills, Democrats demand more domestic spending in exchange for votes, deficits grow, conservative priorities like defunding Planned Parenthood fall by the wayside, and the House goes along with all of it. Congress once again kicked the can down the road by passing another catch-all bill full of bloated spending instead of hearing individual agency bills separately. People are fed up with it, and so I am,” Dr. Abraham said.
The House did not have an opportunity to consider separately spending for the Department of Health and Human Services. The Republican-controlled House missed the opportunity to:
- Gut funding for abortion-provider Planned Parenthood, which has received more than $1.3 billion in federal funds from 2013-2015.
- Stop the National Institutes of Health from funding research that uses fetal tissue from abortions.
- Reform numerous other funding streams being tapped by abortion organizations.
- Codify the Conscience Protection Act, which shields medical professionals from being forced to perform abortions.
“Planned Parenthood is spending $20 million this year to elect pro-abortion candidates. Why on Earth would this Congress keep sending them money?” Dr. Abraham said.
Another problem with the bill is that members could not vote on spending for the Department of Defense separately. Its funding was included in this bill along with the problematic HHS appropriations as well as appropriations for the Departments of Labor and Education. Dr. Abraham voted for the Department of Defense appropriations as a stand-alone bill this summer before the Senate combined it with the other bills. He has also previously voted for the Bipartisan Budget Act and the National Defense Authorization Act that included the resources necessary to rebuild our depleted military.