Two Georgia Reps Vote No on the Omnibus

The House of Representatives passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill by a vote of 316 to 113, with 5 not voting. A majority of the Republican caucus favored the measure, 150-95, with the Democrats strongly in favor, 166-18. The bill moves to the Senate for a final vote later today.

Georgia 10th District Republican Jody Hice and 4th District Democrat Hank Johnson voted against the measure. The remainder of the delegation voted yes. In a prepared statement, Hice said his no vote came about because the Omnibus funds Planned Parenthood.

While I believe this measure includes a lot that is good — and good for Georgia — I have several concerns about this legislation, chief among them the funding for the Syrian refugee program, overall funding levels that exceed the House passed budget, and continued funding for Planned Parenthood. In September, after the horrific actions of Planned Parenthood came to light, I joined a number of my colleagues in signing a letter stating I would not support any funding resolution or omnibus package that funds Planned Parenthood, which unfortunately this measure does. It is for these reasons that I fully support the spirit of the bill but was unable to support the legislation on the floor.”

Of interest to Georgians, the omnibus bill includes $21 million to deepen the Savannah Harbor, $90 million for military construction at Fort Gordon, money to pay for for 68 F-35 Joint-Strike-Fighters, and full funding for the poultry lab at UGA.

7th District Rep. Rob Woodall said in a statement,

“Last-minute, omnibus spending packages are not the way it should get done – and it is critical in 2016 that the Senate partner with the House in passing each appropriations bill as intended. Returning to regular order allows the American people to drive the process and results in a much better product. I’ve been encouraged by the progress made on the House side, but there is clearly more to do as we return to governing the way our Founders intended.”

9th District Rep. Doug Collins said the successful effort to remove language regarding Georgia’s use of water was the reason he voted in favor.

“As usual, we are seeing the end-of-the-year rush to fund the government, which leaves us scrambling to find a fix for issues that should have already been dealt with. In the new year I hope to see smaller, more focused bills that don’t come to us the last legislative week of the year.”

“However, the win for Georgia water rights was too important for me to not support this bill. For years, the state of Georgia has been party to costly litigation with Alabama and Florida over the use of Georgia’s water in Lake Lanier and the Chattahoochee River basin. At the request of Governor Nathan Deal, my Georgia colleagues and I challenged the Alabama congressional delegation’s aggressive attempt to insert anti-Georgia language into this spending measure, and we stripped the hostile language from the bill. I am pleased their efforts to inject the federal government in a purely state issue and cost Georgia potentially millions more in legal costs were thwarted. Ongoing negotiations about Georgia’s water and how it is allocated should be handled at the state level, and pending court cases will be allowed to proceed unimpeded. Congress should avoid interfering in state matters whenever possible, and left to those who know the issue best. Today is a victory for Georgia and states’ rights.”

“This year’s omnibus included provisions to close the gaps in the Visa Waiver Program, and will require participating countries to issue fraud-resistant passports. Our defense department will be fully funded, with soldiers getting the pay raise they were promised. Veterans will be better served by increased oversight at the Veterans Administration, which will now have to report directly to Congress.”

20 comments

  1. saltycracker says:

    Not that we should shut the govt down but There were so many more valid reasons for not voting for the bill than PP. As posted yesterday the Elephants got their butts kicked and should earn a 15yd penalty for over celebrating field goals in a route by the jackasses.

  2. tomfromdecatur says:

    Rep. Collins: Since when is the water wars a “Purely a state issue” and not a Federal issue? It is in the Federal Courts, has the Corps of Engineers involved, three states, a river that crosses state lines, the U. S. Court of Appeals has said certain agreements would require the approval of Congress, the Secretary of the Interior is involved, and there is an action pending in the U.S. Supreme Court. What Federal are of the government is NOT involved.

  3. DanPhillips says:

    And even the lone dissenter Hice voted for Ryan, the architect of this monstrosity. Everyone of these jokers need to be primaried.

    • conservativeguy says:

      What these surrender monkeys don’t realize is that the budget only goes through next September. They have proven they have no principles for which they are willing to fight. Next year it will be worse. Rubio is toast. He didn’t even show up for the vote. Thank you, Jody Hice, for being willing to stand up for what’s right–even when your “allies” desert you.

    • northside101 says:

      And who would you have chosen as Speaker? Come on, someone who was electable, not seen as crazy or camera-hungry?

      • DanPhillips says:

        At the time I suggested Dave Brat (VA), Walter Jones (NC) and John Duncan (TN). All are solid on immigration and trade deals.

        • northside101 says:

          Solid…meaning what? They’ll round up the old boxcars from Auschwitz and send 13 million illegals back? Opt not to trade with the worlds? Maybe the Luddites.

          Helps to deal with the real world every now and then…

          • DanPhillips says:

            Meaning they are anti-amnesty and restrictionist on immigration and opposed to sovereignty sacrificing globalist “free” trade deals such as the TPP. Plus, Jones and Duncan are noninterventionists on foreign policy. Brat is likely more sensible on foreign policy as well, but I don’t think he has enough of a track record on the issue yet to declare him a noninterventionist. Like I told benevolous, don’t play Cultural Marxist feigned outrage rhetorical games with me. It won’t work. There is no reason to bring up boxcars except to emotionally escalate a perfectly reasonable conversation, and you know it. Try to keep this on an serious intellectual level.

  4. conservativeguy says:

    Ryan and his minions just made it harder to elect a Republican in 2016. But, maybe that’s what they and the Chamber of Commerce want.

  5. Michael Silver says:

    This bill was a major F’ You from the Professional Republicans for supporting Trump.

    If you were concerned about Sudden Jihad Syndrome and wanted Muslim immigration stopped …. F’ You, we will allow 3 times the number of Syrians in the country in 2016 than immigrated over the last 10 years.

    If you want the illegals sent back home …. F’ You, we’ll fully fund President Obama’s immigration executive orders which have legalized millions and provide Social Security and other welfare benefits to illegals.

    If your kid wants a job ….. F’ You, we’ll expand the visa program to import third world low skilled labor that will work for low wages to take a job from your kid.

    If you want a job …. F’ You, we quadruple the number of foreign guest-worker visas to make it harder to find one and to make sure the pay is on third world levels.

    One thing is clear, the Professional Republicans that voted for this identified whose side they are on. Hopefully, some ambiguous conservatives will challenge them.

  6. Michael Silver says:

    This bill was a major F’ You from the Professional Republicans for supporting Trump.

    If you were concerned about Sudden Jihad Syndrome and wanted Muslim immigration stopped …. F’ You, we will allow 3 times the number of Syrians in the country in 2016 than immigrated over the last 10 years.

    If you want the illegals sent back home …. F’ You, we’ll fully fund President Obama’s immigration executive orders which have legalized millions and provide Social Security and other welfare benefits to illegals.

    If your kid wants a job ….. F’ You, we’ll expand the visa program to import third world low skilled labor that will work for low wages to take a job from your kid.

    If you want a job …. F’ You, we quadruple the number of foreign guest-worker visas to make it harder to find one and to make sure the pay is on third world levels.

    One thing is clear, the Professional Republicans that voted for this identified whose side they are on. Hopefully, some ambiguous conservatives will challenge them.

      • DanPhillips says:

        The omnibus spending bill quadrupled the number of H-2B visas. No one in the base is asking for that and are clearly sending signals that they aren’t. Cruz is falling all over himself to get away from his past support for increasing H-1B visas. That was clearly crammed into a non-germane bill at the last minute at the behest of the cheap labor lobby. I don’t know if they are flexing their muscles and sending a message to Trump and the growing discontent or if they were just practicing business as usual, but the complete out-of-touchness is clear.

    • northside101 says:

      If your kid wants a job—well, come to Georgia! Unemployment is down to 5.6%.

      As for “Sudden Jihad Syndrome,”, well, more likely in the city of Atlanta to encounter “home-grown” crime (i.e., southwest Atlanta) than Jihadists, if the countless smash and grabs in Buckhead, the Highlands and Midtown are any indication…

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