WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) issued the following statement after voting against the $19.1 billion Supplemental Appropriations Act.
“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.”