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Palmer Opposes Omnibus, Calls for Return to Regular Order on Spending


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Gary Palmer (R-AL), a member of the House Budget Committee, voted against H.R. 2029, the "Omnibus" spending bill, because it doesn't abide by the budget resolution passed by the House and it failed to include necessary policy corrections.

"A spending bill should reflect the priorities of our nation," Palmer said. "This $1.1 trillion bill does not. It continues to pile debt on our children without sufficient reforms.

"Furthermore, it fails to include numerous policy priorities that should have been included. Recently, a veto-proof majority of the House passed legislation to strengthen the vetting of Syrian refugees. This reform should have been included in this bill, but was not. This bill also allows funds to continue to flow to Planned Parenthood and does nothing to defund Obama's unlawful administrative amnesty.

"The bill does have a few good provisions, like lifting the ban on crude oil exports, which I have long supported. Unfortunately even this significant victory is overcome by the numerous deficiencies.

"The process to get to this point was no better than the underlying legislation it produced. I hope that going forward, the process will be different."

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