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Rep. Brat Statement on Spending Bill

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Washington, May 3, 2017 | Juliana Heerschap (202-225-2815) | comments
WASHINGTON - Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 244, the Consolidated Appropriations Act:

“I could not support this bill because it is a win for Democrats and a loss for Conservatives. This week Senator Schumer was smiling and gloating on every front page. President Trump has even said as much. We have a Republican in the White House and control of both chambers of Congress yet this legislation fails to include key conservative reforms Republicans have long-advocated. After the bill text was released, I knew something was way off-base when more Democrats than Republicans were celebrating.

This appropriations bill fully funds unlawful sanctuary cities, refugee programs the president has opposed with executive orders Planned Parenthood, onerous EPA regulations, failed green energy programs, the unconstitutional Consumer Financial Protection Board, and does not block illegal Obamacare cost-sharing subsidies. Furthermore, noticeably absent are key components of the Trump agenda such as the absence of even a down payment for funding a border wall.

If Republicans are going to lead, it is time for them to stand up for what the voters sent them to Washington to do. Our country is already $20 trillion in debt. Adding more runaway spending to be passed on to the next generation is not draining the swamp, it is a continuation of the status quo from the previous Administration.

This bill only runs through the end of September, however, Congress extended the timeline precisely so our President could weigh in on this process. I am hopeful President Trump and Republicans in Congress will step up to the plate and move quickly to pass appropriations legislation for the next fiscal year to advance conservative principles and reform how Washington spends taxpayer dollars.”
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