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Capital Hill Watch Alert

Senate to Vote on “CROmnibus” Spending Bill

The Senate is expected to vote on the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act 2015 (H.R. 83) at any time.  On Thursday, December 11, 2014, the House of Representatives passed the $1.1 trillion Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act 2015 (H.R. 83 To view visit: Text of Legislation) by a 219-206 vote (To view how your representative voted visit: 563  ). The measure, currently 1,774 pages, allocates $1.1 trillion for fiscal year 2015 that fully funds Obamacare and President Barack Obama's unconstitutional executive amnesty program until February 2015.  The bill essentially gives President Obama almost everything he wants and more.

Passage by Deception

Several reports indicated that House Republican leaders reneged on a deal made with U.S. Representative of Indiana Marlin Stutzman to get his support on a crucial procedural vote (H RES 776  ) that almost killed the $1.1 trillion bill.

Stutzman said in a Thursday evening statement, “I was very surprised and even more disappointed to see the omnibus back on the floor.  The American people deserve better.”  One of the last Republicans to cast his vote in favor of a rule allowing the House of Representatives to vote on the bill was Stutzman.  After Republican leadership told him that they would pull the measure, once the rule was passed, and replace it with a short-term continuing resolution Stutzman supported the rule at the last minute.  Leadership won the House Resolution on a 214-212 vote  (To view how your representative voted visit: 561) with last minute help from  U.S. Representative of Indiana Marlin Stutzman (R) and outgoing U.S. Representative of Michigan Kerry Bentivolio (R).

A recent Gallup poll said that in the coming year, 53 percent of Americans want the Republicans in Congress not President Obama to have more influence over the direction the nations takes. The Republican wave midterm election was one of the biggest election routs of the past century and this spending bill disenfranchises the voters that delivered the GOP victory that gave them control of both chambers of Congress.  Americans should be outraged that the majority of representatives (as well as senators) that have voted on this bill have not read it.  Also, the measure is packed with member-added pork and absurd outlays of outrageous inanities that continues the status quo deficit spending that adds to the current nation debt of $18 trillion.

What Can You Do?  

Urge your senators to NOT SUPPORT    the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act 2015 (H.R. 83).   President Barack Obama's unilateral amnesty is unconstitutional and represents an enormous power grab that should be blocked.

Contact Information:    

Capitol Hill Switchboard Numbers: 202-224-3121 (This number will direct you to the Capitol Hill operator. Ask for the senator's office.)  

To go to the senators' websites, find their E-mail or to find out who your senators are... http://www.senate.gov/contacting/index_by_state.cfm     

 

 

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