Congress Surrenders the Constitution

Congress Surrenders the Constitution

House Passes Omnibus Spending Package;
Surrenders Article I Power to Obama

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 18, 2015

St. Louis, MO: This morning, the House of Representatives passed the $1.15 trillion omnibus spending bill by a vote of 316-118, with 150 Republicans and 166 Democrats voting yea. For the second time under new House leadership, a major piece of legislation has passed with more support from House Democrats than House Republicans. Customarily, the Speaker does not cast a vote, but Speaker Ryan voted yea on this omnibus. The Senate subsequently passed the bill by a vote of 65-33.

“It seems clear that Speaker Paul Ryan has no interest in making conservative policy or even in protecting the Congressional powers laid out in Article I of the Constitution,” said Ed Martin. “Paul Ryan is surrendering even more quickly than his backroom deal-making predecessor.

“At every point so far in the short term that new Republican Leadership has had in Congress, they have caved into every point of Barack Obama’s radical agenda to ‘fundamentally transform’ this country. If Republicans in Congress are incapable or unwilling to hold conservative convictions and backbone to fight for them, we will work to make sure every one of them is replaced with someone who will fight to protect our country in the halls of the Capitol.”