Rep. Rod Blum Opposes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill
Casts “no” vote against Omnibus
Congressman Rod Blum released the following statement about his vote against today’s $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill:
“Today’s $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill was a typical Washington DC backroom deal: Republicans and Democrats “working together” to spend even more American taxpayer money. Washington special interests are thrilled by this massive spending binge while our children and grandchildren get stuck with the bill.”
“When I came to Washington in January, I was named to the Budget Committee. We worked hard to produce a responsible budget that put us on the path to fiscal sanity and it passed the House, but today’s legislation completely busted that budget. Iowa families have to live within their means, but Congress sees no problem with breaking its own budget. This is exactly why so many Americans view their politicians as "out of touch”.
“Further, I also voted no because the process that gave us today’s spending bill is completely broken. Negotiated behind closed doors by Congressional leadership without participation from rank and file members, the bill is over 2,000 pages long and was introduced at 1:30 AM on Wednesday, giving members of Congress less than 60 hours to analyze it and make a “take it or leave it” judgment call while under tremendous pressure to pass the bill before the holidays. This process cuts Iowans out of the business of governing, and I’m hopeful that Speaker Ryan will work hard to improve this process when we start the new legislative year in January.”
“While there were certain good things in the bill I have worked hard to support in the past, like the repeal of the harmful Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) requirements on meat products and the extension of the wind and solar energy tax credits, these were not nearly enough to outweigh the negatives.”
“Some of the worst aspects of the bill include:
Rod Blum is the Republican Congressman in Iowa’s 1st District. He is a member of the Budget and Oversight & Government Reform Committees.