Representative John Rose (R-TN-06) on Wednesday slammed an appropriations package passed by House Democrats that will increase the budgets of multiple federal agencies.
Rose contended that the increase in spending comes as individuals across the country are being crippled by increased inflation.
The complete legislation includes six spending bills and was introduced by Rep. David Price (D-NC-04).
The Tennessee lawmaker contended that the expanded budgets were awarded to agencies that have failed the American taxpayers, citing the Food and Drug Administration and the baby formula shortage that forced mothers to drive hours looking for supplies.
“Overall, the bill would increase the budget for the Environmental Protection Agency by 20 percent, increase the budget for general governmental activities by 17 percent, and include a 10 percent increase for the Food and Drug Administration – the same department that botched the baby formula shortage,” Rose said.
“This funding bill rewards bad behavior by giving funding increases to departments that have failed the American people. It encourages illegal immigration, it discourages increasing our domestic energy output by restricting offshore oil and gas activities, and it fails to fund our national defense construction priorities like the sea-launched cruise missile-nuclear,” Rose added.
“It’s been almost two years of complete Democratic control of government, and instead of addressing the root causes of the crises Democrats created, the bill doubles down on their failed socialist agenda. Tennesseans are fed up with the out-of-control spending. Americans all across the country are fed up with it, too.”
While Rose and several other members of Tennessee’s congressional delegation voted against the measure, the Democrat-controlled House approved the bill. Therefore, it will advance to the Senate. The upper chamber and President Joe Biden must approve the legislation in order for the bill to become law.
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