Washington — A full day before Friday’s midnight deadline, Congress approved a sweeping $1.3 trillion spending bill. The Senate vote shortly after midnight averted another government shutdown, an outcome both parties wanted to avoid. The House easily approved the measure on Thursday, but conservatives in the Senate objected to big outlays on Democratic priorities and ran the clock in protest. The bill now heads to President Donald Trump.
Fischer Statement on Government Spending Bill
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) released the following statement Friday on the government spending legislation passed by Congress:
“Many important policy wins for Nebraska, which I’ve worked hard on, were included in this spending package.
“Increasing resources to rebuild our military and giving our troops the training they need to protect our nation, both of which this bill does, are objectives I have long advocated for as a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
“Important agriculture-related measures like permanently eliminating animal waste emissions reporting requirements under CERCLA for producers, a longer exemption from the electronic logging device mandate for livestock haulers, and fixing a tax provision that created winners and losers in the grain market are all part of this bill. I was also happy to see that my bipartisan proposal to expand wireless coverage in rural areas included.
“Two other provisions in the package I cosponsored as standalone bills because they will keep firearms away from dangerous people and improve school safety. Additionally, this bill contains a bipartisan proposal I co-led to protect consumers, and especially seniors, from fraudulent ‘spoofing’ scams.
“While I strongly support all of these specific measures, I came to Washington to fight for Nebraska priorities and make hard decisions. This omnibus bill fails to make any tough choices and tries to be everything to everyone. That is not a responsible way to fund government.”
Sen. Ben Sasse on $1.3 Trillion in New Debt
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Ben Sasse issued the following statement regarding his opposition to yet another record-setting spending bill that adds $1.3 trillion to the national debt.
“Every Republican would vote against this disgusting pork bill if a Democrat were President. This spending kegger is a wildly irresponsible use of the taxpayers’ money, and the President should not sign it.”