Congressman Matt Gaetz Votes ‘No’ on Omnibus
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) today issued the following statement after the House voted on the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, an omnibus spending package, which passed with a vote of 256-167, despite vocal bipartisan opposition:
“Today is a bad day for fiscal conservatives and for responsible governance alike. The 2,232-page omnibus bill and the 1,507 pages of “Explanatory Materials” were presented to Members of Congress only sixteen hours before the vote was scheduled. It is unreasonable to ask Congress to vote to spend over 1.3 trillion taxpayer dollars without sufficient time to study how that money is spent.
Being asked to vote blindly for legislation as large-scale and costly as this omnibus is an insult to Congress and to the American people, whose tax dollars deserve to be treated with respect.
In the few short hours I had to review this spending package, I was pleased to see that it included robust funding for America’s armed forces, which will enhance our military readiness while providing a large across-the-board pay increase for the brave men and women who serve our nation. I was also relieved to see that it included the text of the Taylor Force Act, which curtails funding to the Palestinian Authority while they continue paying bounties to terrorists and the families of suicide bombers. But these good elements were outweighed by the bill’s many terrible inclusions, such as the continued funding of Planned Parenthood, and a vast $63 billion increase to non-defense spending. America elected a Republican majority in the House and Senate to deliver bold, conservative reform. Massive wasteful spending does not keep our promises to our constituents.
I am proud to have voted against this terrible bill, and I only wish that more of my colleagues had done the same,” Rep. Gaetz said.