Conservatives are horrified by the staggering $21 trillion in debt as well as the trillion dollar deficits we are running each year as a result of the latest omnibus bill and spending trajectory. Last month, my office’s phones were ringing off the hook with constituents dismayed that Washington is once again dramatically growing the size of government and their kids’ debt bill.
Adhering to the principles that I ran on, I voted no on the bill. As we learn more about what’s in the omnibus, the conservative outcry has been vindicated. The bill is stuffed with pork projects, wasteful expenditures and inappropriate spending levels.
By threatening to veto the omnibus spending package, the president showed us he understands that the American people have deep reservations about government spending levels — and an interest in securing the border and defunding Planned Parenthood. But, as he explained, the president felt forced to sign it because it fulfilled a central campaign promise to rebuild the military.