WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after voting against the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill:
“It’s Christmas in March. Today, liberals and special interest groups received a present personally gift-wrapped by leaders in the House and Senate. This massive spending bill would be more aptly named the OmniBUST Bill for busting through spending limits put in place in 2011. Worse, it provides funding for Planned Parenthood and blocks penalties for Sanctuary Cities. This pork-riddled bill forks over half billion dollars to build a tunnel for liberal New York Senator Chuck Schumer. This bill also fails to fully fund President Trump’s request for a border wall along the Southern border and does not include language allowing carrying concealed weapons across state lines – a promise made to me and our entire Republican majority.
Good process builds good policy. With only 12 hours to read this massive, 2232 page bill and waiving all rules establishing regular order for debate and consideration, Members of Congress were asked to hold their nose and vote. That requires the impossible task of reading 185 pages per hour. No one knows what's in the bill.
The omnibus that passed today is completely unacceptable and Americans should be outraged. It’s a continuation of the status quo that has infuriated my constituents in Arizona and throughout the country. Today, Republicans gave away the turkey in exchange for a slice of bologna.
On a snowy day in Washington, DC fittingly reminiscent of Christmas morning, Congress voted to grow the size of government by hundreds of millions. Should Congress really be giving the federal government a raise while adding to our already staggering $21 trillion national debt?"