“It’s unfortunate that this spending bill, which was initially aimed at aiding Americans affected by natural disasters, has been loaded up with billions of dollars in unrelated pet projects—growing to over $19 billion in just the past few weeks. I promised the people of Utah that I would not be a rubber stamp for wasteful spending bills that drive up our already sky-rocketing national debt, and I cannot in good conscience support it.
“Instead of rushing through billion-dollar spending bills at the eleventh hour without sufficient input or debate, Congress needs to start budgeting for natural disasters. That’s why I introduced a bill earlier this week that would require disaster spending to be built into the annual budget process. Utahns and the American people deserve a Congress that plans ahead and spends their taxpayer dollars responsibly.”