An overwhelming number of Republican Senators in the Republican-led Senate passed the first spending bill of 2016.
It was fiscally conservative, yes?
NO! It spends $261 million more than President Barack Obama requested!
Only 8 Conservative Republican Senators objected to the higher spending levels in the weeks leading up to the vote.
Sen. Mike Lee described the legislation as “simply unacceptable in a time of rising debt and slower economic growth.” The Utah Republican told The Daily Signal that “we’re never going to get our nation’s rising deficits under control until we can stick to our previous agreements on spending levels,”
Senator Lee was referring to the limits that were set in the 2011 Budget Control Act. Who needs limits? They are out of control!!!
The Republican Party controls the Senate, but Harry Reid and the Democrats are running the show!
Mitch McConnell is more worried about avoiding Republican fights in an election year, than he is about being responsible with the people’s money!
The Daily Signal reports:
Moving legislation and avoiding fights has been a top election year priority for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The Kentucky Republican wants the GOP Senate to prove that Republicans can govern by avoiding a one-and-done omnibus spending package at the end of the year.
Though Congress has not passed a budget resolution, the Senate started advancing spending bills at levels established in the 2015 Bipartisan Budget Act, which increased government discretionary spending by $30 billion above the 2011 caps.
Still Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., told The Daily Signal he’s glad the appropriations process has gotten off the ground finally.
“This is the first time this appropriation bill has passed the Senate since 2009,” Lankford, who sits on the Senate Appropriations Committee, explained. “To avoid last-minute continuing resolutions, backroom deals and omnibus bills, we must move bills through a regular order appropriations process.”
Translation: Process is more important to the Republican led congress than fiscal responsibility.
The Republican Party is still spending like a drunk sailor; we are still floating an insurmountable debt, and we keep sending them back to DC.
And this was three years ago….