Washington, D.C.- Today, Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats brought H.R. 8294, a $492 billion, six-part appropriations bill, to the House Floor. This highly partisan, bloated spending bill included funding for Transportation and Housing and Urban Development; Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration; Energy and Water Development; Financial Services and General Government; Interior and Environment; and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs.
Congressman Lamborn issued the following statement after voting NO on H.R. 8291:
“This legislation shows precisely how disconnected Democrats are from the people they represent. Inflation is up 9% across the board, and as a result, working families, single mothers, and senior citizens are hurting. In addition, shelves are empty at grocery stores, gas prices have more than doubled, used vehicles are up over 40%, and parents are wondering how they will be able to afford school supplies for their children.
“Sadly, Democrats continue to prioritize their far left initiatives and out-of-control federal spending, with some accounts receiving double-digit and triple-digit percentage increases. This partisan legislation is chock full of New Green Deal-type climate initiatives, funding for abortions, incentives for illegal immigrants, and increasing funding for several overreaching and underachieving government agencies.
“Today’s appropriation bill will only further fuel inflation and create additional hardships for the American people, and for this reason, I voted against it.
“I will continue fighting for fiscal responsibility, energy independence, and the traditional values of the American people.”
H.R. 8291 includes:
-20% increase for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). -17% increase for general government activities, including:
-$1 billion increase for the Internal Revenue Service;
-433% increase for the Election Security Grants;
-30% increase for the Federal Trade Commission;
-20% increase for the Office of Personnel Management;
-12% increase to maintain and improve federal buildings – many of which have been mostly empty for more than two years.
-17% increase for the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
-“Such sums” authority for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in addition to the $9 billion reserve fund if needed for unanticipated participation increases, providing authority for a “blank check” for the Biden Administration.
-$6 billion for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), continuing the increased benefits that were intended to be a temporary, pandemic-related supplement to the normal program.
Partisan climate initiatives:
-Offshore oil and gas activities are restricted, and oil and gas inspection fees are increased, which will be passed on to consumers.
-Energy efficiency and renewable energy activities are increased by more than 25%.
-$100 million is provided for the president’s proposal to use Defense Production Act authorities to accelerate domestic manufacturing of select clean energy technologies.
-$75 million is allocated for public housing energy efficiency and climate resilience upgrades.
Allowances for taxpayer dollars to be used to fund abortions:
-Long-standing pro-life language prohibiting the use of D.C. local funds and the Federal Employee Health Benefits program from funding abortions is dropped.
-A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) policy that allows abortion pills to be mailed to patients is permitted to remain in place.
Increased spending on non-defense programs by 14%, while:
-The Sea-Launched Cruise Missile-Nuclear, which is necessary to enhance deterrence and assurance, is not funded.
-Longstanding provisions prohibiting the closure of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay and the use of military construction funds to build a detention center in the United States or territories are dropped.
Incentivized illegal immigration:
-Prohibiting Immigration checks on residents of HUD-assisted housing are prohibited.
-Allowing federal agencies to hire participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Rewards for poor performance by government agencies:
-Funding for FDA, the same agency that failed to prevent the infant formula crisis, is increased by 10%, while farmers and ranchers struggling with record-high costs for things like fuel and fertilizer receive little help.