Fri March 22, 2024

By Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2024. Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-04) released the following statement on his vote against the legislation:

“I am committed to working in good faith with my colleagues to restore fiscal sanity and secure the southern border. Because of that, I could not, in good conscience, vote for a bill that provided millions in funding for abortion clinics and child transgender programs through Senate Democrat earmarks while the bill included zero policy provisions to address immediate concerns and secure the southern border. The most significant issue facing our nation right now is the crisis at the southern border, and this package was railroaded by Chuck Schumer and Joe Biden to keep the border open and illegal immigration flowing.

"There was a better way to address government funding and it was to pass a year long spending resolution that would have invoked the automatic cuts under the debt limit deal, without the far-left earmarks from Senate Democrats, while fully funding our military.

"Congress has the power of the purse, and that grants us the ability to address out of control government spending and restore fiscal sanity in our nation, but federal bureaucracy is getting in the way of being able to do so. I will continue to fight for an open, transparent budget process while working with my colleagues to advance conservative solutions to secure the southern border, cut wasteful government spending, and support our servicemen and women.”

The Further Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2024 is a package of the following appropriations bills:

  • Department of Defense Appropriations Act
  • Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act
  • Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act
  • Department of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Act
  • Legislative Branch Appropriations Act
  • Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act