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Rep. Rosendale Opposes $1.7 Trillion Omnibus Spending Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Matt Rosendale (R-Montana) voted against H.R. 2617, the Consolidated Appropriations Act.

"It is shameful that Congress passed a 4,155 page bill, with nearly $2 trillion in spending, was given only six hours to read it, and had 226 members voting by proxy, meaning they were not even here," said Rep. Rosendale. "While Americans struggle with inflation, an energy crisis, and a southern border invasion, this bill fails to address these issues in favor of earmarks for special interests and foreign countries, including an additional $45 billion for Ukraine. Montanans deserve better from Congress."

Until today, no outgoing House Majority has ever passed an omnibus spending bill during the lame duck session following an election. As our national debt has exceeded $31 trillion, $474 billion of the spending bill must be used just to pay the interest on that debt. In addition, the omnibus consists of 3,213 Democrat pork-laden earmarks totaling $5.4 billion. Of that, $1.7 billion is going to be spent to maintain empty federal buildings, $3.6 million on the “Michelle Obama Trail” in Georgia, and $689,000 will be spent to study romance between parrots. Congress is broken.