Roe: Passing legislation that increases spending by more than 11 percent is fiscally irresponsible and nonsensical
U.S. Houses Passes the Conference Report to Accompany
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. House voted to pass the FY 2010 omnibus spending bill or H.R. 3288, which contains six appropriations bills, totaling $446.8 billion or an increase of more than 11 percent over the combined funding levels for the same six bills last year.
H.R. 3288 provides discretionary funding for six appropriations bills, including the Transportation and Housing bill ($67.9 billion), the Commerce, Justice, and Science bill ($64.4 billion), the Financial Services bill ($24 billion), the Labor, Health, and Human Services, and Education bill ($163.5 billion), the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs bill ($78 billion), and the State and Foreign Operations bill ($48.8 billion). The conference report includes increases of at least 6 percent above last year’s discretionary spending levels for every bill and much higher for others. In addition to the normal FY 2009 appropriations, the agencies funded in this omnibus received a total of $128.2 billion in supplemental funding in FY 2009, mainly from the Democrats’ “stimulus” bill.
Phil Roe, M.D., Member of Congress (TN-1) voted against this legislation and made the following statement:
“Passing legislation that increases spending by more than 11 percent is fiscally irresponsible and nonsensical, especially at a time when many Tennesseans are struggling. I am opposed to runaway spending, exemplified in this bill, and I do not believe this is what the American people want.
“After spending $700 billion to bailout Wall Street and another $787 billion for what was supposedly an economic stimulus, perhaps supporters of this bill just believe that spending an extra $446.8 billion has lost its significance and will go unnoticed. It shouldn’t, and it won’t.
“We must get our country’s financial house in order, and rein in this irresponsible spending.”