PRICE STATEMENT FOLLOWING PASSAGE OF "CROMNIBUS"
Washington, DC –Congressman David Price (NC-04), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement after House passage of the “CROmnibus” spending bill to fund the federal government through Fiscal Year 2015.
“Tonight I voted to pass the omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal 2015, avoiding either a government shutdown or short term continuing resolutions that would have forced us to lurch from crisis to crisis again next year.
The bill assembles the bipartisan, bicameral work of eleven of our twelve subcommittees and will provide critical, stable support for the work of agencies ranging from health research to infrastructure construction to national defense.
The bill has serious flaws, however, and I worked hard all week to include the 12th bill -- Homeland Security, from the Subcommittee I lead -- in the omnibus bill rather than in a 3-month continuing resolution.
I also sought leverage to get two particularly objectionable amendments, which removed some Dodd-Frank financial protections and greatly increased limits for contributions to political parties, dropped from the bill.
It eventually became clear that Republican leaders, dealing with numerous far-right members and interest-group pressures, could or would not remove these objectionable provisions and might instead give up on the omnibus bill and bring us to the brink of another government shutdown.
At that point I supported the most responsible alternative available, the omnibus appropriations bill, as recommended by President Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. It was not an easy choice for me and many other members, and the effort leaves me determined to push for a fresh start in the 114th Congress: to avoid right-wing efforts to promote shutdowns and crises and to find ways to cooperate for the good of the country.”