Congressman Rod Blum issued the following statement after his vote against H.R. 1625, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018.
"As a fiscal watchdog elected to Congress on the promise to rein in Washington's out of control spending habits, this omnibus bill represents politics as usual in Washington.
The text was not released until last night, effectively giving Members of Congress seven hours to read the 2,232 page bill -- the equivalent length of two Bibles. It is problematic voting on any legislation that I cannot study first in its entirety.
The omnibus is not an effective way to run a government, and we must return to regular order and appropriations budgeting process to restore fiscal sanity. The House passed all 12 appropriations bills 189 days ago - we did our job. However, the Senate did not take up even one of those bills.
Bad process usually leads to bad policy. With any 2,232 page bill, there are bound to be some things that I like; in fact, many that I have voted for in the past as stand-alone bills, and would vote for again in the future are in the Omnibus bill. However, by and large, this bill fails to deliver on the promises we made to the American people. This bill will not secure our southern border, continues funding Planned Parenthood and sanctuary cities, and infringes upon the 2nd Amendment rights of Americans to name but a few problems in the bill.
And the most problematic part of the bill is the overall spending levels. Aside from former President Obama's stimulus package in 2009, this is the largest discretionary spending increase in U.S. history. This bill will lead to a 1 trillion dollar deficit next year - this is unacceptable, unsustainable and not what the voters in Iowa sent me to Washington to do. That is why I joined 167 of my colleagues to vote NO on the omnibus bill."