A few weeks ago, I joined a few of my freshman colleagues to discuss our first few months in office, where I expressed my frustration on the partisanship I’ve seen so far in Washington.
That same partisanship was in full effect again last night, when the House of Representatives took up the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill – the first 12 spending bills that will make up the staggering $1.9 trillion in spending the Majority has approved for their budget this year.
With government spending out of control, House Leadership should publicly air and defend their spending, but instead they shut down the US House of Representatives after just 22 minutes of debate of the first FY10 appropriations bill! Then, instead of an open process that included the entire House, they took their bloated spending bill to the heavy-handed Rules Committee for a secret and un-televised session to limit further transparency of their spending habits.
In total, Congressional Leadership shut out 94 amendments, including one of my own. The majority of these amendments would have eliminated billions of dollars in wasteful government spending and better prioritized how Washington spends taxpayer dollars. Instead, the American people are left to wonder what decisions were made and why House Leadership chose partisanship over transparency.
This is exactly what I mean when I say Congress is broken. The American people deserve and demand better.