U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) released the following statement concerning his vote yesterday against the omnibus spending bill:
“Congress does a disservice to itself and the American people when it considers $1.7 trillion in spending and hundreds of extraneous provisions compiled in one massive 4,155 page bill—all with little public transparency or opportunity to amend.
“It is true that the increase in defense spending included in the bill is desperately needed, given the dangers facing our country and our international allies. But the legislation’s reckless increase in domestic spending—that simply ignores the past two years and trillions in extraordinary partisan spending above and beyond the normal appropriations—will only exacerbate inflation and make it more likely that future generations will inherit a magnitude of debt that can only be resolved through crisis.
“With my last vote as a member of this body, I could not in good conscience condone this irresponsible product nor the process that created it.”
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