Today, I voted against the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, also known asthe "Omnibus bill.” In an Obamacare style vote, this 1,586 page bill was jammed through the House only 52 hours after it was released to the public. This violated the rule to allow three days for Members of Congress (and the American people) to read what is in proposed legislation before it is voted on.  We all learned the hard way what occurs when this does not happen through Obamacare. The House of Representatives passed this bill.

Ultimately, I could not support this $1 trillion dollar massive spending bill. Our nation is well over $17 trillion in debt. This bill does not go far enough to cut spending. Unless Congress gets serious about changing the way Washington spends the people’s money, the national debt will only continue to grow and become the burden of our children and grandchildren.  

Not only does this bill allow for too much spending, it also reflects Washington’s grossly misplaced priorities. It allows for more wasteful government agency spending on projects like food stamp advertisements in foreign countries and stopping the spread of Asian Carp in the Great Lakes. Worst of all, it allows for $1.5 billion in aid to Egypt, while cutting military benefits promised to thousands of men and women who served our country. Congress should not pass a budget that treats our enemies better than our heroes. That is why Senator Paul and I have introduced the “Uphold Our Promise to Veterans Act” that would restore military COLA benefits by cutting aid to Egypt and Pakistan.

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