Walker Votes Against Omnibus Spending Bill
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) today released the following statement in response to the passage of the fiscal year 2017 omnibus spending bill:
“Today, I voted against the $1.1 trillion-plus omnibus spending bill. Even with unified Republican government, Congress is failing to get our federal spending under control.
“This omnibus spending bill is not without a few redeeming characteristics. Conservatives are relieved Congress refused to appropriate funds for the Obamacare cost-sharing reduction program and hope the administration will not violate the rule of law and the Constitution by respecting Congress’s decision to deny funding it. Conservatives are also reassured that increases to defense spending are not paired with dollar-for-dollar increases to non-defense discretionary spending. We temper our enthusiasm, however, with the recognition that these issues shouldn’t be in question with unified Republican government.
“We, however, must not ignore the pattern of behavior. For nearly twenty years, the federal government has failed to pass a budget resolution and twelve appropriations bills. Budget and appropriations deadlines are, at best, regularly missed or, at worst, ignored. Unfortunately, this omnibus spending bill is pay dirt for progressive priorities – maintaining Obama-era levels of federal spending, funding Planned Parenthood and Obamacare and bailing out Puerto Rico's Medicaid program. This is what happens in a last-minute scramble to push through a 1,749-page spending bill that was produced behind closed doors.
“When voters chose unified Republican government in November, they didn't bargain for Republicans ushering through an omnibus bill that keeps Obama-era spending priorities alive. Instead, Republicans should start governing like the conservative majority party the American people elected them to be. We can and must do better for fiscal year 2018.”