Congressman Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. said today that the Omnibus Appropriations Bill was "better passing now under President Obama, than never under former President Bush." The $410 billion discretionary spending measure completes last year's unfinished work, funding many federal agencies and programs for the duration of the current fiscal year.
Congressman Jackson said, "Last year, President Bush refused to work with Congress to pass and implement spending bills. Instead, he insisted on making unacceptable cuts to healthcare, education, law enforcement and biomedical research. But, we in Congress refused to go along and rejected the devastating cuts.
"So, today's bill reflects a drastic change -- not in the country's priorities, but in our president. Now, Congress has a partner in President Obama, who shares a commitment to turn the country around and put us back on the right track. This bill -- which will soon be sent to and signed by the president -- works in harmony with the economic recovery package and makes critical investments that address the country's immediate as well as long-term needs."
"This bill invests in our families and our future. It is a bill that invests in America," Jackson concluded.