Lewis votes 'no' on high-spending Omnibus
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jason Lewis (MN-02) issued the following statement after voting ‘no’ on H.R. 1625, the Consolidated Appropriations Act.
“Today I voted against the $1.3 trillion, two thousand page Omnibus. There are a number of provisions in the bill I support and there are some I oppose, but the real issue is that this bill continues to take our country down a dangerous trajectory of unsustainable debt. And that debt is being driven by federal spending.
“We cannot continue to ignore our budgetary problems by simply increasing spending everywhere every year without meaningful plan to restore fiscal discipline. The simple truth is that continuing to spend beyond our means will only jeopardize our children’s and grandchildren’s hopes for a future of prosperity and security.
“The interest on our nation’s debt is already set to eclipse all other spending.
“As I have often said, there is not a department or agency in the federal government that does not need to be more fiscally responsible. Every single increased dollar in spending must be measured against Admiral Michael Mullen’s dire warning that ‘the single, biggest threat to our national security is our debt.’
“And the only responsible way to reduce our debt is to reduce federal spending.”