Congress met another funding deadline last week, this time with a massive $1.3 trillion omnibus to fund the government through September. The 2,200+ page bill was given to me and my colleagues approximately 17 hours before we were scheduled to vote.
When I came to Washington, I made a commitment to Minnesotans to uphold the fiscal conservative principles on which I was elected and do everything possible to fix the broken processes of Congress.
The commitment I made to you is why I voted ‘No’ on the omnibus bill last week.
Last week, Congress passed a massive spending bill that raises spending caps and ultimately increases our nation’s $20 trillion debt. Despite some positive provisions in the deal, including funding for our nation’s military, I could not support it.
Here’s why: Over the next two years, this deal raises spending by nearly $300 billion, including an increase to non-defense spending by $131 billion. It fails to pay for these spending increases and provides another debt limit suspension until 2019. Read More