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12-22-2015, 01:27 PM
Rep. Brat: 2016 spending bill a disaster (http://m.dailyprogress.com/starexponent/rep-brat-spending-bill-a-disaster/article_4fe55494-a82f-11e5-bca2-efd9e87264c4.html)

U.S. Congress avoided another government shutdown Friday when it overwhelmingly approved an enormous tax and spending package promptly signed by President Barack Obama.

Rep. Dave Brat, R-Richmond, was among the minority voting against the $1.1 trillion spending bill and $680 million tax package that he called a disaster.

“I opposed the massive 2,009-page bill because it spends too much and lacks important provisions demanded by the American people,” Brat said. “It spends $50 billion more in the annual budget than the caps would have allowed before they were raised earlier this year, and it increases the deficit even more with $57 billion of increased autopilot spending and targeted tax provisions.”

Brat, in addition, said the legislation doesn’t do enough to protect the homeland and fails to block federal agency overreach.

“This bill was not a compromise, but a complete capitulation to President Obama, lobbyists and the rest of the political class,” he said. “This isn’t just cleaning the barn. It’s a disaster. We’re breaking our pledge to the American people on budget caps, we’ve lost fiscal discipline and we’re throwing it all on the next generation.”
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