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Rep. Brat Statement on Reckless Government Spending Bill

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Spotsylvania, February 9, 2018 | Juliana Heerschap (202-225-2815) | comments
WASHINGTON - Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) issued a statement following passage of the Bipartisan Budget Agreement in the House of Representatives. The bill would override federal spending caps and increase federal spending by over $300 billion over the next 18 months.

“I opposed this budget deal because it is generational theft and leaves our country with trillion dollar deficits for the indefinite future. The drafting of this 652-page bill excluded the entire House from the deal-making discussions, and the result lacks any element of fiscal restraint. In total, the bill grows discretionary government spending by over 13 percent. We are already leaving our kids with $21 trillion in debt and $100 trillion in unfunded liabilities. I am a small-government Republican, and this bill fails to rein in an already massive federal government. 

“On Tuesday I supported passage in the House of a continuing resolution that kept the government open and included additional funding to support our troops. All along when I have supported previous continuing resolutions I have said that I support much-needed funding for our men and women in uniform to ensure they have the training and equipment they need. In fact, this has been the Republican House request for the past six months and the Freedom Caucus has endorsed this: plus up military spending and hold the rest flat.

“The House completed our work on time by passing 12 appropriations bills over 100 days ago. Earlier this week, the House sent our government funding bill to the Senate. The Republican majority is so narrow in the Senate, that 9 Democrats stalled the process. As a result, $300 billion dollars were added to the measure in what seemed like the blink of an eye. Now the Democrats have the nerve to say the House can’t get our work done on time and that the budget spends too much -- I believe my constituents are smarter than that.”
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