Perry Again Demands Overhaul of Federal Spending Process
Washington, December 17, 2019
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Scott Perry blasted Congressional leadership for continued fiscal mismanagement, after the House of Representatives passed a 2,300 page, year-long spending package only 12 hours after the text was made available to Members of Congress and the public.
“At a time while when the United States economy is experiencing the longest sustained period of growth in history, we keep jeopardizing that success with haphazard planning and lack of fiscal discipline. Not one of my constituents sent me to Washington to bankrupt our Nation or heap unconscionable debt onto our backs, or those of our children,” Perry said. “And we get a bill of this magnitude 12 hours before a vote? This is a breathtakingly negligent way to govern in so many ways; and I voted against it.”
The omnibus spending package cleared the House in two parts. The first (House Amendment to Senate Amendment to H.R. 1158 / the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020: Defense, Commerce, Justice, Science, Financial Services and Homeland Security) passed the House 280 - 138.
The second half (House Amendment to Senate Amendment to H.R. 1865 / the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020: Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Agriculture, Energy and Water, Interior, Legislative Branch; Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, State and Foreign Operations, Transportation, and Housing) passed the House 297 - 120.
“We desperately need bipartisan leadership to overhaul the spending process.” Perry concluded.
The Senate and the President must approve the measures before December 20, 2019 to avert a government shutdown.