Speaker of the House Paul Ryan promised the American people Regular Order. He lied.
Only Congressmen Rob Wittman (Va 1), Dave Brat (Va 7) and Morgan Griffith (Va 9) voted against the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act. The rest of our so-called Republicans from the Virginia Delegation voted to pass this Continuing Resolution funding 100% of the Democrat Agenda, as well as funding the Federal Government through December. Speaker Ryan and Majority Leader McConnell could have proposed a Continuing Resolution that would have allowed the new Congress in 2017 to fix our budgetary woes. However, instead, they forced the CR into the Lame Duck session, which means that every outgoing House and Senate member will have the ability to pack December’s Omnibus Bill with as many pet projects as possible without ever being held accountable.
I want to personally thank Congressmen Rob Wittman, Dave Brat and Morgan Griffith for their opposition to this legislation and would like to encourage them to vote against the Omnibus (give away the store) bill in December. At least the residents in the 1st, 7th and 9th districts know that they were not apart of this country’s dangerous addiction to irresponsible spending.
We may need new Republican representation in every other district in the Commonwealth.
Congressmen Rigell (2nd), Forbes (4th), Hurt (5th), Goodlatte (6th) and Comstock (10th) all voted for the Continuing Resolution. They will lie to their constituents, telling them that they voted for this bill because they didn’t want to shut the government down. We know better. The Omnibus Bill the Lame Duck Congress will vote on in December is already written. They could have passed that bill before the November election, but they do not want to be held accountable for an even larger monstrosity. They know that by 2018, you will have forgotten what they did in December of 2016.
No family or business could conduct themselves the way our federal government conducts its business, without ending up before a judge and jury. The American people need to be the judge and jury. I’m certain that many of these Republicans are just going along to get along. I’m certain that they are all nice people with good intentions the size of elephants. Sadly, we need better than that in Washington D.C. We need responsible arbiters of America’s finances.
These Congressmen and women will tell us that with President Obama in the White House it’s an uphill battle, but that they are fighting hard. I say, fight harder.
Virginia Republicans need to demand twelve appropriations bills and twelve separate votes. These CR’s and omnibus bills exist to hide from the American People what their government is doing with their money and their future. There is no reason why Congress cannot do it’s job, but if they will not do their job, we ought to consider sending representatives to Congress who will.
Post Script: I would like to thank Heritage Action for their relentless efforts in stopping this fiscal debacle.