Washington, D.C. - While many Americans are pushing their spending limits on Christmas presents this month the U.S. Senate is breaking the bank and playing Santa Claus for one too many government programs, according to U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., who called a recently passed bill an "abomination of the appropriations process".
The Senate passed the omnibus appropriations bill today, H.R. 2764, by a vote of 76-17. The bill consists of 11 appropriations bills piled into one omnibus with a price tag of about half a trillion dollars. Enzi disagreed with the bill because of the extraneous expense and because projects were slipped in during the conference committee process, leaving senators to essentially take it or leave it with their vote today and unable to have a full debate. Enzi voted to leave it.
"We’re dealing with billions of dollars and there are a billion different reasons to vote against this bill. There is half a trillion dollars of spending in this 3,000 page bill that was released three days ago that we’re expected to vote on today. This is the sad, surreal state of affairs that has become the norm. This is exhibit number one of what is wrong with government in this country and I will not condone it. I will not condone this type of spending as an accountant, as a U.S. senator or as a U.S. citizen. It seems like every year we get so far behind with appropriations bills and there is a mad dash in December to throw them into one monstrous bill. Every time this happens we get closer to financial ruin. A growing national debt is not what Americans need in their Christmas stockings.
"The American people have shouted until their voices hurt, ‘please get spending under control, stop wasting our money’, but judging by this bill the only voices being heard are those with their hands out, asking for money to fund this project or that.
"Where do my colleagues think this money comes from? This is money coming from the mother who works at the mall, the father who builds buildings, the farmer who plows the fields and the teenager working at the gas station. They don’t work so hard so they can serve up a dish of pork to people a thousand miles away, but that’s what the architects of this bill are making them do.