Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) released the following statement this evening upon voting against the continuing resolution, H.R. 933, to spend $1.1 trillion throughout the remainder of the fiscal year:
"Unfortunately, the Senate passed another massive $1.1 trillion spending bill that includes more pork barrel spending. I opposed the continuing resolution because:
"A number of "cost-savings' included the bill are the result of legislative gimmicks, not meaningful spending cuts.
"The legislation was crafted behind closed doors and jammed through the Senate by the Majority Leader, who limited opportunity for senators to amend and improve the bill.
"It failed to include needed flexibility for federal agencies to target automatic budget cuts required by sequestration at wasteful spending rather than critical government services.
"The legislation funds the implementation of the controversial healthcare law."
Senator Fischer supports an open legislative process where each senator has the opportunity to amend, debate, and improve legislation. She will continue to oppose legislation that relies on spending gimmicks rather than meaningful spending reductions.