Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted on H.R. 3547, also known as The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014. This bill appropriates a staggering 1.1 trillion dollars, including increasing discretionary spending by $24 billion. As Heritage Action points out, “On top of increasing overall spending the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill irresponsibly increases funding for failing programs like Head Start, funds flood insurance subsidies, and pays for ineffective green energy projects. Additionally, an Obamacare funding loophole could provide subsidies to health plans that cover abortion.”
The final vote was 359 in favor and 67 opposed. Unfortunately, my representative, Bob Goodlatte, voted for this increase in spending, as did the entire Virginia delegation. Although a small group, there were a number of representatives willing to oppose this bill, including some of my favorite members of the house: Justin Amash, Paul Broun, Scott Garrett, and the return of Mark Sanford.
As our nation spirals further and further into debt, one would like to see Congress, especially the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, take a stand against increased spending. At the end of the day, only three Democrats and sixty-four Republicans were willing to do so.