Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA) released the following statement on the CROmnibus:
“House Republicans continue to govern by crisis and fiscal cliffs . Under the threat of a government shutdown, Republicans are trying to force through unacceptable legislation that allows big banks to gamble with taxpayer-backed funds and empowers the wealthy to donate even more money to influence the political process. This attempt to curry favor with Wall Street and the rich simply recreates the financial environment that lead to the Great Recession. Additionally, in an ongoing effort to undermine the President’s Executive Action on Immigration, funding is only provided until February 27 for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), negatively impacting the ability of DHS to plan and accomplish their priorities.
“We can keep the government open without these gratuitous measures that favor special interests over investments in good-paying jobs and the middle class. These unacceptable provisions have no business being in a spending bill to keep our government running and they should be removed before a vote. And if these really are Republicans priorities, than they should put them up for a vote on their own, instead of using legislative tricks and holding our economy hostage to jam them through Congress.”