Rep. Burchett votes against another irresponsible government spending deal

December 17, 2019
Press Release
Congress fails to pass spending bills on time for 21st year in a row, continues to ignore budget

WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives approved legislation that would fund the government through September 2020 this afternoon.

Details of this spending deal, also known as a minibus, were not revealed to Members of Congress until yesterday afternoon. This gave Members of Congress little time to review the thousands of pages detailing how taxpayer dollars were being spent.

Congressman Tim Burchett (TN-02) voted against the spending agreement, citing the irresponsible nature of this government funding measure and the continued lack of a federal budget.

“As my first year in Congress comes to an end, I am disappointed we did not pass a single budget or long-term spending deal,” said Rep. Burchett. “At least we got better this time and got the government funded until next September instead of just a few weeks. American taxpayers are not Congress’s piggy bank. And it almost feels like we can’t -- or do not want to – limit ourselves when it comes to spending the taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars. Next year needs to be different, and I plan to fight for more fiscally responsible government spending in 2020."