Lance Statement on Passage of the Year-End Spending Bill
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today released the following statement after the U.S. House passed the year-end omnibus spending bill, formally known as the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016:
“I opposed the year-end spending agreement passed by the House today.
“The measure does contain a number of provisions I support such as lifting the ban on crude oil exports, closing dangerous loopholes in the federal visa waiver program, providing critical healthcare benefits for 9/11 first responders and blocking several Obamacare provisions including my legislation stopping the taxpayer bailout of insurance companies through the Obamacare risk corridor program.
“Most concerning to me is this legislation will reverse the hard-fought cuts in spending enacted by Congress in 2011 — the first real cuts the federal government has seen in decades. If Congress is serious about reducing our Nation’s crippling deficits and debt then we must abide by these reasonable budget restraints.
“Passage of the omnibus spending bill is a missed opportunity to repeal excessive regulations and replace misguided executive actions with common-sense conservative reforms that the American People support.
“Finally, the annual congressional appropriations process is in a state of collapse. Americans are tired of Washington’s budget dysfunction and end-of-the-year fiscal scrambles where 2,000 page bills are cobbled together with only a few days to review. We must and can do better. We must have the courage to fix our broken budget process, return to regular order in 2016 and pass 12 separate appropriations bills one bill at a time.”