Rep. Smith Statement on Vote Against Spending Bill
Washington, DC – Today Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21) voted against the Fiscal Year 2017 spending bill. The legislation allocates $1.07 trillion to fund the federal government through September 30, 2017.
Rep. Smith: “In Congress, legislation is seldom all good or all bad. Most bills that are signed into law are a mix of the two. This spending bill was no different.
“However, the negative provisions in this spending bill outweigh the positive ones.
“I would have preferred a bill that reduces spending, increases immigration enforcement and border security, and promotes the priorities of the American people. The spending bill did not meet these criteria and as a result I could not support it.”