I’ve seen some strong language from conservative friends on Facebook who are saying that Georgia’s Republican congressmen who voted in favor of the termed “CROmnibus” bill that recently passed Congress have “betrayed” conservative voters. Of course, a lot of liberals are upset over the bill too, so there’s that. You can see the statements from some of the congressmen on their vote here, but Congressman Doug Collins (R-GA-09) has sent out an email newsletter that explains what is in the bill and setting the record straight. You can read it in its entirety after the jump.
These last few days, I’ve been listening to a lot of constituents, and frankly I’m stunned at the level of misinformation that’s been circulating about the FY 2015 Omnibus and what that means for immigration in the next Congress. For you, I want to set things straight.
All told, the 2015 Omnibus represents one of the lowest spending plans enacted in more than half a century, coming in under the ground-breakingly conservative Ryan budget and addressing immediate priorities in a fiscally responsible way.
With the national debt at record highs and the White House’s credibility at record lows, we stripped funding for President Obama’s Race-to-the-Top education initiative, a direct response to the concerned Americans across the country who, like many in Georgia’s 9th district, have taken the time to talk to Members of Congress about what this means at the local level.
We’ve been able to cripple the politically-motivated abuses of power at the IRS by cutting more than $345 million in funding for the agency, which is, by President Obama’s design, the heartbeat of Obamacare enforcement.
At the same time, the legislation held back more funds for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services which would be used to continue the disastrous implementation of Obamacare.
The constitutionally-mandated appropriations responsibilities of COngress haven’t produced a perfect, ideal-across-the-board spending agreement in more than 2 centuries. But this month, the 113th Congress passed the best appropriations package that represented the values and priorities of the American people it possibly could have done.
The House of Representatives is the piece of the federal government closest to the people. We could not, and we did not, allow President Obama’s politically-motivated actions on immigration entice us to step away from our responsibility to keep the federal government functioning to engage him in his cynical fight over immigration.
Where he has created a problem, House Republicans will create a solution: free from the threats and the fears of a government shutdown. As you’re reading this e-mail, I’m in the drafting stages of my own legislation to fight the president on his executive actions on immigration and working with other colleagues who are doing the same.
I commit to you that we will engage in this fight, and we will bring forward a plan that is best for this country. As always, I’m here to listen to what you have to say.
Member of Congress