Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) today opposed the Fiscal Year 2013 Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education and Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bills during a Senate Appropriations Committee meeting. Together the two bills would increase spending by $3.4 billion, including significant new funding for the implementation of Obamacare.
"More debt and spending is not the way to create jobs and address our fiscal crisis," said Coats. "The American people want Congress to get our deficit under control and change the way their hard-earned tax dollars are spent. These bills fail to show any kind of fiscal restraint and demonstrate that the "business as usual' approach continues in Washington."
Under the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill, the Internal Revenue Service would receive a $715 million increase in funding, primarily to enforce the president's health care program.
"Obamacare raises health care costs for families, burdens job creators and puts America deeper into debt," said Coats. "Whether by court or legislative action, we need to overturn this law and start over with real health care solutions that increase quality of care and decrease costs."
Although Coats opposed final passage of both bills, he was able to include language in the Labor, HHS, and Education appropriations bill that will require HHS to disclose to the American people how many federal workers it has hired as a result of the Affordable Care Act, providing accountability and transparency on this massive expansion of government.
The Labor, HHS, and Education Appropriations bill passed the committee by a 16-14 margin. The Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill passed by a 16-14 margin. Both appropriations bills will head to the full Senate for consideration at a later date.