Congressional lawmakers in D.C. are trying to decide how our money will be used this year and the spending bill is more than 2,000 pages long.
The spending bill is over $1.3 trillion dollars, and it appears that a portion of the bill will fund Trump’s border wall and other measures supported by Democrats and Republicans.
The 2,000 plus page bill also includes billions of funds for school security, mental health and opioid abuse treatment, which has received broad public support throughout the country.
Other areas that are included in the spending bill include regulatory relief for agriculture, $80 billion in supporting military efforts and pay raises for the troops along with border security.
The spending bill heads to the Senate where it will receive stiff opposition from Republicans.
Not all of Georgia’s elected leadership agrees with the massive spending bill. Georgia’s Senator David Perdue released the following statement on the spending bill from the House.
I oppose this massive spending bill.
Washington has reached a new low. We are 6 months into this fiscal year and just now voting on funding for the remainder of it. Not to mention, this is after TWO shutdowns and FIVE continuing resolutions. This is beyond pathetic.
This spending bill is not a product that represents everybody. It’s a product written by a few politicians who got in a room and decided how to spend a trillion dollars. The result is a massive spending package projected to increase the federal debt by another trillion dollars.
The larger problem here is Washington’s budget process has failed again. It is imperative the newly formed Joint Select Committee change the budget process to address the structural problems that lead to this unacceptable outcome.
I came to the U.S. Senate to change how Washington works, and I have not given up. We will not solve our nation’s $21 trillion debt crisis by simply fixing the budget process, but we won’t solve the debt crisis unless and until we fix the broken budget process.
Conservative and religious organizations, who were instrumental in getting President Trump elected, are not happy with the spending bill as it continues funding for the nation’s top abortion provider, Planned Parenthood. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is not happy about the abortion funding and were “deeply disappoint[ed]” in Congresses not including the language of the Conscience Protection Act (CPA).
The CPA is an attempt to clarify the federal law and ensure that those who provide health care and health coverage can do so without being forced by the government in assisting with abortions.
The bill also includes a number of controversial riders as reported by the Associated Press. Some of the riders include gun control measures to harden federal background checks.
For Georgia, the spending package includes continued construction of the Savannah Harbor and increased significant funding for Georgia’s military installations and pay raised for veterans.
“This legislation provides funding for several priorities I have been dedicated to,” said Congressman Budy Carter (R-GA-01). “I voted for this legislation because these resources are absolutely necessary to secure our border and build President Trump’s border wall, combat the opioid crisis, and secure our schools. Our nation needs this funding.”
“This bill delivers to our men and women in uniform the largest pay raise in eight years while strengthening our national security capabilities, enhancing border security, combating the opioid epidemic, dedicating resources for rural broadband infrastructure, and addressing mental health, safety training, and school safety measures through programs at DOJ, Dept. of Education, and HHS,” said Congressman Austin Scott (R-GA-08). “While this bill is certainly not perfect, it does deliver meaningful priorities of the Trump Administration and Congress to address some of the biggest issues facing our country today.”
The final vote in the House was 256-167.
So which Congressman in Georgia voted for the bill?
GA District 1 – Buddy Carter, Republican
GA District 2 – Sandford Bishop, Democrat
GA District 3 – Drew Ferguson, Republican
GA District 6 – Karen Handel, Republican
GA District 7 – Rob Woodall, Republican
GA District 8 – Austin Scott, Republican
GA District 9 – Doug Collins, Republican
GA District 13 – David Scott, Democrat
GA District 14 – Tom Graves, Republican
Congressman who voted NO were, Barry Loudermilk (R-GA 11), John Lewis (D-GA 5), Jody Hice (R-GA 10), and Rick Allen (R-GA 12).
To view the entire Congressional vote, click here.