Last night the US House of Representatives passed out the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Omnibus Spending Bill by a vote of 359-67. Under this legislation, the federal government will spend more than $1 trillion in FY14, exceeding the spending caps put in effect by the Budget Control Act of 2011.
AFP issued a key vote alert against this bill highlighting two main concerns:
(1) the spending levels are too high, exceeding the $967 billion cap Congress set for itself in 2011, and
(2) It is a dangerous procedural departure from regular budget order to combine all the budget bills into one package rather than scrutinizing them separately.
Only three of Florida’s Congressmen kept their prior promises to limit government spending increases by voting against the spending bill – Ron DeSantis (R-FL6), Bill Posey (R-FL8) and Rich Nugent (R-FL11). These three sided with the interest of their constituents rather than compromise their values and cave to pressure from the political elite in Washington.
With the Senate expected to vote soon, the spending package will go to President Obama’s desk for his signature, and once again annual federal spending will top one trillion dollars. ONE TRILLION DOLLARS!