The House approved a $1.012 trillion spending bill for 2014 by a vote of 375-57 this afternoon. The bill is expected to be voted on in the Senate on Friday. Georgia Reps. voting no on the bill include Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey, Jack Kingston and Austin Scott. All except Scott are running for the Senate seat opened up by the retirement of Saxby Chambliss. Here is the roll call vote.
Georgia Rep. Tom Price, who is vice-chair of the Budget Committee, issued the following statement:
Today’s omnibus signifies the promises kept by House Republicans to the American people. First, we vowed to begin the important task of restoring fiscal sanity in Washington. Since taking control of the House in 2011, Republicans have cut spending four years in a row, despite President Obama’s repeated insistence on increasing spending and raising taxes. In total, we have cut discretionary spending by $165 billion, while Democrats increased spending by $210 billion when they controlled all of Congress.
When House Republicans offered our budget last year, we pledged to put an end to budget gimmicks, accounting tricks and needless waste. Today, we are passing appropriations legislation that includes no earmarks. By comparison, the March 2009 spending bill President Obama signed into law included approximately 9,000 earmarks.
The omnibus also corrects a pattern of Congress governing from catastrophe to catastrophe. Removing the threat of future shutdowns allows us to address the critical issues facing our nation — from spurring economic growth and job creation to holding this administration accountable for the failures of Obamacare.
This funding bill is certainly imperfect. Still, Republicans understand that our current path is unsustainable and that we have a moral obligation to right the course for future generations of Americans. We have talked about this problem for some time now, and today’s vote is translating that talk into action.
Update: Paul Broun’s statement …
As the new year commences, we are mindful that the national debt stands at $17.2 trillion – accounting for more than $54,000 owed for each American. Unfortunately, instead of kicking old habits and starting the new year with meaningful spending cuts, Washington continues to spend money we don’t have, racking up more debt on our already maxed out credit cards,” said Dr. Paul Broun. “The 1,500 page bill passed by the House today will cost taxpayers a grand total of $1.012 trillion – $45 billion more than original limits agreed upon in the bipartisan Budget Control Act – illustrating Washington’s spend now, pay later attitude. Also troubling is the overall funding left in place for Obamacare, which will saddle Americans with billions in new taxes, burdensome mandates, and job-killing regulations.
We must stand strong against increased spending and work to protect American taxpayers by looking for savings in every corner of our budget. As a leader in the fight to curb Washington’s reckless spending, I will continue to scrutinize each spending bill that crosses my desk, and I will keep working to provide relief to the American people by eliminating Obamacare altogether. I urge my colleagues to join me in working towards this end.
Seventh District Congressman Rob Woodall, who also serves on the budget committee, issued this statement:
The bipartisan, bicameral budget agreement reached today is certainly not everything we conservatives want, but it is a step in the right direction resulting in $23 billion in deficit reduction and no new income taxes. It also prevents further indiscriminate cuts to our military today while preserving 92% of sequestration reductions over the course of the budget. Further, it prevents devastating changes to Medicare which would have threatened the access of every Medicare beneficiary to their doctor. At a time of severely divided government and multiple impasses, this agreement allows the country to make progress towards the goal of fiscal responsibility while setting a positive precedent of replacing broad one-time sequester cuts with targeted reforms and reductions in long-term, so-called ‘mandatory’ spending.