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Congressman Diane Black

Representing the 6th District of Tennessee


Rep. Black Opposes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus: “A Bad Bargain For Conservatives”

December 18, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a member of the House Ways & Means Committee and Budget Committee, voted against the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill for Fiscal Year 2016. The legislation passed over Congressman Black’s objections by a vote of 316 to 113. Black released the following statement:

“I have always said that, in divided government, legislators must not let the perfect be the enemy of the good – but we also must recognize when legislation simply isn’t good enough. The omnibus bill is a bad bargain for conservatives. It lacks any meaningful reforms to address security gaps in our refugee resettlement program at a time when President Obama’s own Secretary of Homeland Security admitted that terrorists could attempt to ‘exploit’ this system. What’s more, the bill failed to include a single major pro-life policy rider, despite the requests of over 120 Members of Congress and the disturbing revelations about Planned Parenthood brought to light this year. Finally, by tipping the scales at $1.1 trillion – billions above the spending caps in the Budget Control Act of 2011 – the bill continues to spend money that we do not have. I came to Congress to stop the borrow-and-spend cycle that is robbing our children and grandchildren’s future, and this bill failed to address that,” said Congressman Diane Black.