SACRAMENTO, CA – U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina today issued the following statement after the Senate voted to pass a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill:
“At a time when the federal debt has soared past $12 trillion, unemployment has hit its highest mark in decades, and families across America are struggling to make ends meet, it is troubling that our leaders in Washington have voted for another massive spending bill that increases discretionary spending by an average of 12 percent and includes billions of dollars in wasteful earmarks.
“Instead of taking the easy way out and simply voting to increase federal spending by an unaffordable 12 percent, our elected officials, including Barbara Boxer, ought to be willing to do the hard work of identifying wasteful spending and eliminating it. That’s what families and businesses are doing in these tough times, and we should expect the same of our government. It’s time for a new voice for California in the U.S. Senate who will put the interests of taxpayers ahead of the special interests.”
The Senate Passed A 1,000-Page Trillion Dollar Spending Bill Increasing Budgets “For Vast Areas Of The Federal Government.” “The Senate on Sunday passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill with increased budgets for vast areas of the federal government, including health, education, law enforcement and veterans’ programs. The package of more than 1,000 pages, one of the last essential chores of Congress this year, passed 57-35 and now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature.” (AP via Mercury News, 12/14/09)
Recently Passed Congressional Package Includes A 12 Percent Increase In Discretionary Spending. “The sweeping omnibus package, which House Democratic leaders are hoping to speed to the floor today, reflects a 12 percent increase in discretionary spending over last year and, according to the nonpartisan Taxpayers for Common Sense, includes 5,224 earmarks worth close to $4 billion.” (Roll Call, 12/9/09)
The Bill Includes Some $446 Billion In Discretionary Spending. “Included in the $1.1 trillion measure, which combines six of the dozen annual spending bills, is about $446 billion in discretionary spending.” (The Washington Times, 12/14/09)
While Americans Are Hurting, This Bill Represents A 12 Percent Spending Increase In Government Spending. “The Senate on Sunday sent President Obama another hot potato, passing a $1.1 trillion catchall spending bill that includes money needed to run dozens of government agencies but also is loaded with pork-barrel spending. The bill, which funds most domestic federal agencies for the rest of this fiscal year, marks a 12 percent spending increase. Democrats said the spending was needed to counter neglect during the past eight years and that the money would act as another stimulus to create government jobs.” (The Washington Times, 12/14/09)