No Way to Craft a Budget
The Madison Project PAC released the following statement today regarding the $1.1 trillion, 1586-page omnibus bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives:
“Once again, Republican leadership has shown us that they are not willing to change the culture of backroom spending deals in Washington,” said Daniel Horowitz of the Madison Project. “In 2010, they vowed in the GOP Pledge to America, not to pass massive omnibus bills without enough time to read them. This nearly-1600-page monstrosity covers every aspect of the federal bureaucracy, yet members will not even have the minimum 72-hours to read the bill, as stated in the Pledge. Sadly, it has become commonplace for Republican leaders to violate their word precisely when it comes time to pass the most important and contentious pieces of legislation.
“Even after agreeing to increase the topline spending levels under the ill-conceived Ryan-Murray agreement, Republicans still should have pushed for regular order by passing each of the 12 appropriations bills, one-at-a-time. And at the very least they should have secured a commitment from Democrats to pass next year’s budget through regular order. This would have made it easier to fight funding for Obamacare in one bill without holding up funding for the entire government. Instead, taxpayers are left with one massive bill that funds Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, and many other liberal priorities without any ability to scrutinize each department separately.”
“These past two years, more than any, it has become increasingly clear that if we ever hope to downsize the federal government and inject more transparency into the legislative process, that we will need to elect a new cadre of committed conservatives to replace the failed leadership in both parties,” said Drew Ryun of the Madison Project. “That is why the Madison Project will continue to support and encourage conservative candidates that will hold true to their campaign promises and not fall victim to the special interests of Washington like so many today.”
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