ALEXANDRIA, VA – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) urged Congress to reject the $1.1 trillion Omnibus spending bill for fiscal year (2014). On Monday January 13 (unlucky for taxpayers),Congress released a 1,500-page spending bill crafted by House and Senate appropriators. There’s not much to praise when looking at both the substance of the bill and the manner in which it was delivered. In what has been a disappointing string of bipartisan agreement, taxpayers will once again be left on the hook for spending that likely includes programs that are neither needed nor wanted. Another problem with the appropriations bill is that the sequester was “altered” in way that reverses cuts on both domestic and Defense spending. The Omnibus also funds and increase for Head Start and Obamacare. Defense appropriations contains a $5 billion increase for the Overseas Contingent Operations (OCO) account, which is immunized from sequestration. The Ryan-Murray budget deal was just the beginning of the end for the sequester. We have now seen another “tweak” less than a month later that reverses automatic cuts agreed to by Congress and the White House just a few years ago.
TPA President David Williams spoke about the Omnibus Bill today:
“The 2014 omnibus spending bill is a major win for DC appropriators and a disheartening loss for all taxpayers and any individual or group concerned with the need for fiscal responsibility out of Washington. Using a 1,500-page bill to fund pet programs that were gutted under sequestration at the expense of taxpayers is not the type of reckless and irresponsible behavior that should be tolerated with a country $17 trillion in debt. It should come as no surprise to anyone that job approval ratings for Congress are mired in low double digits. TPA will continue to urge responsible spending reduction and commonsense reforms which are necessary in order to get our nation’s balance sheet under control.”