The Senate still has to do it’s part, but it appears that most of the government will be up and running until September 30th, the end of fiscal 2015. The $1.1 trillion spending package only funds the Department of Homeland Security until February, when conservatives hope they can defund the President’s executive action on immigration.
Getting the bill passed brought together some strange bedfellows, with Barack Obama, John Boehner and Harry Reid pushing for passage, and Elizabeth Warren, Nancy Pelosi and Tea Party representatives in opposition. You could see the same pattern in the Georgia vote, where the vote was ten yeas and four nays, with dissenting votes coming from Republicans Paul Broun and Austin Scott, and Democrats Hank Johnson and John Lewis.
Find out what Georgia’s Representatives had to say after the vote was taken below the fold.
6th District Congressman Tom Price:
This legislation is the result of divided government, and yet it will allow the newly elected and strengthened Republican majorities in the Senate and House of Representatives next Congress to start the year off with a relatively clean slate and with the opportunity to continue our efforts to hold President Obama accountable for his unlawful violation of our immigration laws. Right now, the Democrat majority in the Senate – as it has all Congress – is going to continue to run interference for the president until they no longer can. They made that clear earlier this summer when the House first passed legislation to prohibit the president’s executive overreach, and the Democrat Senate, characteristically, shelved the proposal. There’s no reason to believe those on the other side of the aisle plan to change their tune in the next few days.
The manner in which President Obama has trampled on the Constitution demands Congress use every legitimate tool and realistic avenue at our disposal to protect the rule of law. We believe the American people have a right to live in a nation governed by laws, not executive fiat, which is why we have put in place a short-term extension of Homeland Security funding so that Congress must confront this issue in the new year when we have a stronger hand to play.
By passing an omnibus rather than another continuing resolution, Congress has been able to make substantive changes and updates to how, where and when government spends taxpayer dollars. This includes provisions like the amendment I offered earlier this year to the Financial Services appropriation bill that prohibits funds from being used by the IRS to ignore regulations that protect the confidentiality and disclosure of taxpayer information. Moreover, it means the new Republican majority will begin next year’s budget process in an orderly and responsible fashion as we seek to enact positive solutions to address the nation’s fiscal and economic challenges.
7th District Congressman Rob Woodall
Congress and the American people have debated a number of different paths to try to hold President Obama accountable for his executive overreach. While there is still disagreement on which path is best, the path that we took in the House tonight is the first step to get us there. First and foremost, this bill holds the line on spending, implementing a spending level that is even lower than the one proposed in the original ‘too conservative to pass’ Paul Ryan budget. Additionally, the bill implements conservative priorities such as an increase in pay and funding for our troops, as well as accountability measures for the IRS and EPA.
While the bill implements restraints on executive overreach in many areas, it could not turn off the funding stream that the President intends to use for his executive actions on immigration. As conservatives, we have all been very frustrated by recent attempts at unilateral lawmaking by the Obama Administration. There is a misconception, however, that if we shut down the government that we can prevent him from acting. A government shutdown can’t stop him. His actions are funded with money that he raises through fees, so regrettably he can and will continue his unilateral efforts whether the government is funded or not. We must find another way.
Rather than having America’s attention focused on a government shutdown, we can shine the spotlight on the President’s egregious executive actions. By funding most of government for the long-term, but limiting funding to two months for the Department of Homeland Security—the agency planning to implement the President’s unilateral action—we will be able to narrow the entire funding conversation for the new Congress to this one department. The House, with a willing partner in the Senate having been sworn in, can then begin to move legislation to stop this President’s actions. With smart, targeted bills we will partner with the American people to restore Constitutional order.
“Having a willing partner in the Senate isn’t ‘something’; it is ‘everything’. The House passed its funding bills beginning last May; but the Senate never passed a single funding bill all year. The American people can be certain that the new Senate sworn in this January will not repeat the current Senate’s inaction. The House can neither run the government nor rein in the President alone. Help is on the way in January, and it isn’t coming one day too soon.
10th District Congressman Paul Broun (via Facebook)
I voted NO against the $1.1 trillion CRomnibus tonight because the bill does nothing to stop President Obama’s unilateral executive amnesty, and continues to spend money we do not have. Congress should be using their Constitutional power of the purse to block the President’s immigration plans through the appropriations process – not bowing down to Harry Reid after a sweeping Republican win at the ballot box. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to reject this misguided bill – and to use their Constitutional authority to stop the President’s attempts to grant legal status to those who have broken the laws and come to this country illegally.
14th District Congressman Tom Graves
For years, we have battled the Obama Administration on many fronts. Every few months, a new crisis, scandal or outrage overtakes the national conversation. I know that people are sick of all the talk. They want action. By passing this bill, we are taking concrete action on a long list of major issues. We are finally securing wins on Obamacare, the IRS scandal, the VA crisis, EPA overreach, Benghazi, privacy rights, Common Core, Second Amendment rights, the sanctity of life and many other issues that deeply concern my constituents. The bill certainly isn’t perfect, and it doesn’t solve every problem, but there’s a reason why House Democrats said they were being ‘taken to the cleaners.’
I also supported an amendment that sought to block executive amnesty. While it was not approved, I believe our incoming House and Senate majorities will be in a strong position to stop the president. Under this bill, funding for immigration-related agencies expires in February, but the rest of the government is funded through September. That means the president will not be able to hide behind the threat of a shutdown. He will not be able to scare America’s seniors over social security or threaten our veterans’ health benefits. The president will be left to defend his executive amnesty alone, and I believe we will win.
Given that Congreeman Price is getting ready to take over the leadership of the House Budget Committee, Woodall is chairman of the Republican Study Committee and Broun has been a vocal opponent of the spending package, it’s understandable the three would issue statements. We’ll keep an eye out for others, and will update accordingly.