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. Read more