The House Freedom Caucus took an official position today to oppose the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, the omnibus appropriating money for the rest of Fiscal Year 2018. The bill will be voted on within the next 36 hours, without giving members time to actually read it.
The group released the following statement:
"The policy proposals outlined in this $1.3 trillion spending bill are not consistent with what we told the American people we would do when they sent us to Washington. Many of the policies in the bill are in fact the opposite of what we promised. This bill barely provides for border security, yet continues to allow federal dollars to flow to sanctuary cities. It includes the "Fix NICS' proposal, without including reciprocity for Americans with concealed carry licenses--something congressional leadership promised would not happen. It also fully funds grants that go to Planned Parenthood while making no changes to reduce Obamacare's burdensome regulations on America's families. And on top of the massive price tag, leadership is forcing a vote on this 2,232-page bill in under 36 hours, far from an adequate amount of time to read and analyze it. This is an insult to America's taxpayers, as well as their many rank-and-file representatives who had no say in the omnibus negotiations."
Mission statement of the House Freedom Caucus:
"The House Freedom Caucus gives a voice to countless Americans who feel that Washington does not represent them. We support open, accountable and limited government, the Constitution and the rule of law, and policies that promote the liberty, safety and prosperity of all Americans."