Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the incoming ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, voted against a massive $1.7 trillion government funding package that included excessive spending, earmarks and special projects with little review or oversight. Grassley released the following statement.
***It should be noted earlier this week Grassley voted YES on a procedural vote to advance the omnibus bill. Sen. Joni Ernst voted NO. Grassley defended that vote saying if that bill or a continuing resolution didn’t move then there would be a government shut down.***
“Americans are rightly disgusted with the out-of-control spending from Washington these days. We’ve endured multiple rounds of partisan trillion-dollar spending from the Democrats who control Washington. Now we’re being asked to continue down that same road at the eleventh hour through a process that cobbled together all kinds of pork and pet projects with little oversight. While many things were included in this bill that I do support, the broken process led to a final product that, taken as a whole, is too expensive and contains too many items that should never have been included. For these reasons, I cannot support this bill.
“The American people continue to struggle with rising prices and economic uncertainty largely brought on by harmful federal policies, yet they see their government spending their hard-earned tax dollars without restraint. We owe our constituents better than this,” Grassley said.