Arizona Votes On Omnibus Bill

Yea   D   O’Halleran, Tom CD1
Yea   R   McSally, Martha CD2
Nay   D   Grijalva, Raúl CD3
Nay   R   Gosar, Paul CD4
Nay   R   Biggs, Andy CD5
Nay   R   Schweikert, David CD6
Nay   D   Gallego, Ruben CD7
Yea   D   Sinema, Kyrsten CD9

U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar voted against the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill, calling it a “present personally gift-wrapped by leaders in the House and Senate,” to “liberals and special interest groups.” Gosar was joined by representatives Raul Grijalva, Andy Biggs, Ruben Gallego, and David Schweikert.

H.R. 1625; the Consolidated Appropriations Act, better known as the omnibus spending bill was renamed the “OmniBUST Bill” by Gosar, “for busting through spending limits put in place in 2011.” The bill passed 256-167.

Gosar and others complained that the bill provides funding for Planned Parenthood and blocks penalties for Sanctuary Cities.

“This pork-riddled bill forks over half billion dollars to build a tunnel for liberal New York Senator Chuck Schumer. This bill also fails to fully fund President Trump’s request for a border wall along the Southern border and does not include language allowing carrying concealed weapons across state lines – a promise made to me and our entire Republican majority,” said Gosar.

“Good process builds good policy,” argued Gosar. “With only 12 hours to read this massive, 2232 page bill and waiving all rules establishing regular order for debate and consideration, Members of Congress were asked to hold their nose and vote. That requires the impossible task of reading 185 pages per hour. No one knows what’s in the bill.”

Just after midnight on Friday, the Senate voted to pass the $1.3 trillion bill. The Senate passed the bill in a vote of 65-32.

Sen. John McCain, who is dying of an aggressive form of brain cancer. was in Arizona and unable to vote on the measure.

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