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Arizona Congresswomen Vote in Favor of Spending Bill

18 December 2015  

Not much love for the Omnibus Spending Bill in Arizona - unless you’re a Congresswoman.

Indeed, it is a spending bill, with $66 Billion-with-a-B more in federal expenditures than previously agreed upon. Out of the eleven possible votes for the bill, nine Arizona representatives voted against it. The only three votes for the bill came from the women representatives in the delegation: Congresswomen Ann Kirkpatrick (D - 1), Martha McSally (R - 2) and Kyrsten Sinema (D - 9) all voted for the bill. 

Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake voted against it. Congressmen Raul Grijalva (D - 3), Paul Gosar (R - 4), Matt Salmon (R - 5), David Schweikert (R - 6), Ruben Gallego (D - 7) and Trent Franks (R - 8) all voted against the bill. 

Gosar explained his vote in the article, Rep. Paul Gosar Will Vote No on the Spending Bill

At this time, none of the ladies voting in favor of the bill have issued statements. Here are some of the statements from the rest of the delegation:

Senator McCain: "The American people deserve better."

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today on voting “no” to the omnibus spending bill:

“In the aftermath of the attack on San Bernardino, and with threats to our national security growing around the world, Congress shamefully took billions of taxpayer dollars that should have been focused on our warfighters and loaded up the omnibus spending bill with wasteful, unnecessary, and inappropriate pork-barrel projects. At a time of war and cuts to our national defense, this 2000-page bill negotiated in secret includes over $2 billion in defense funding for duplicative medical research, the vast majority of which has nothing to do with the mission of the U.S. military or Department of Defense. With our Navy working hard to use limited resources to build the fleet we need for the future, the omnibus includes $225 million for a ship that the Navy does not want and does not need. And as Russia occupies Crimea, destabilizes Ukraine, menaces our NATO allies, and bombs U.S.-backed forces in Syria, the omnibus includes a provision allowing a single U.S. company to spend hundreds of millions of dollars buying Russian-made rocket engines from Vladimir Putin and his cronies. This omnibus bill, and the broken process that produced it, represents everything that the American people hate about Washington. The American people deserve better.”

Senator Flake: “…It adds to our growing debt."

Washington, DC – U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) today issued the following statement regarding his vote against the fiscal year 2016 omnibus appropriations bill: 

“I voted against the omnibus because it adds to our growing debt, fails to address wasteful spending, and is full of the same tired giveaways we’ve seen over the years,” said Flake.

Representative Matt Salmon: “The omnibus that the House was presented for a vote today was a win for big government and backroom deals, not the American people.”

"Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) released the following statement today after voting against the Consolidated Appropriations Act, a shoddy piece of legislation drafted without the input of the full House of Representatives.

“As I said yesterday, the omnibus that the House was presented for a vote today was a win for big government and backroom deals, not the American people.  Today’s bill, a 2,000-page monstrosity that spends over a trillion dollars, was forced on the American people after House leadership held meetings to give President Obama his Christmas wish list.

“Sadly, too many of my colleagues supported this bill and it will ultimately become just the latest bill to put political expediency ahead of America’s clear and present fiscal crisis.”



Lynne LaMaster

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