Wisconsin’s entire Republican congressional delegation voted against the omnibus spending bill that included, among other things, a $900 billion Covid-19 relief package. Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-WI8) issued his statement Monday night after voting no.
Below are statements from Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Rep. Tom Tiffany (R-WI7).
Senator Ron Johnson:
“The dysfunction of Washington, D.C. was on full display as Congress combined covid relief with a massive omnibus spending bill three months past the deadline and into the current fiscal year. This monstrosity was 5,593 pages long, and passed only nine hours after the Senate first saw it. It will be weeks, maybe months, before we begin to understand all that has been included. I simply could not support this dysfunction, so I voted no.
“While I am glad a government shutdown was avoided and that financial relief will finally reach many who truly need it, the fact that this dysfunction has become routine is the reason we are currently $27.5 trillion in debt. This combined spending bill will drive our debt to over $29 trillion by the end of this fiscal year. I supported the CARES Act because we had to act quickly and massively to prevent an economic meltdown and to provide needed financial relief. I also helped craft and voted for a bill in September that would have provided more than $600 billion in targeted relief, but Democrats simply voted no.
“We do not have an unlimited checking account. We must spend federal dollars — money we are borrowing from future generations — more carefully and place limits on how much we are mortgaging our children’s future.”
Rep. Tom Tiffany:
“The annual budget process in Congress has become the definition of insanity, as we are confronted with the same last-minute spending bills written behind closed doors with little to no involvement from lawmakers.
“Adding almost a trillion dollars in COVID-19 assistance to this package is just insult to injury, the relief money could have passed on its own months ago.
“A measure I would have supported as a stand-alone bill.
“What is happening in Washington has become an annual, instant-replay train wreck in the eyes of most Americans – whose elected representatives have little input on the debt being charged up on the nation’s credit card.
“Americans deserve a real say in how their money is spent.”