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Walker on Omnibus: What Will it Take for Republicans to Offer the Reforms Needed Removing the Shackles of a Crippling Debt?

March 22, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) today released the following statement after voting against H.R. 1625, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, also called the "omnibus," which passed the U.S. House of Representatives in a 256-167 vote:

"I could not support this bill. 17 hours to read 2,232 pages with a $1.3 trillion price tag is not a path for Republican success in November. Nor for our nation.

"For several years, Republicans were justifiably critical of the Obama administration’s spending levels driving up the national debt. Even worse, was the intentional bleeding of our defense creating a new national security concern. Due to the intentional weakening by the previous administration, our military readiness is grossly lacking if called on to defend our country.

"Yet, at the same time, I am troubled by the increasing deficits being created by our Republican majority. It is imperative that we curb Washington’s out-of-control spending addiction that has not been slowed under Republican rule. Since the 1980’s our mandatory spending has exploded from 30% of our budget to a startling 70%. We are leaving our children and grandchildren an insurmountable financial burden that is impossible to resolve. What will it take for Republican majorities to offer the reforms needed removing the shackles of a crippling debt?

"Though there are some positives in the bill, it is a far cry from keeping with our promises to the voters who sent us here to lead. We have to do better."