Congressman John Shimkus recently released a statement on the passing of the Bipartisan Omnibus Appropriations Bill, the last federal spending bill that is based upon the Obama-era budget. The passing of this bill will keep the federal government going until September 30th.
Shimkus stated, “My constituents are fed up with massive, must-pass bills that spend too much of their hard-earned money on too many things the federal government has no business being involved in. But as President Trump tweeted this week, ‘the reason for the plan negotiated between the Republicans and Democrats is that we need 60 votes in the Senate which are not there!’.” He added, “This is 2017 stuff we had to deal with. It’s the backlog of spending bills from the previous administration. With all that finally behind us, Congress can now take up the first budget based upon President Trump’s priorities, and we can get to work on the 12 individual spending bills for the 2018 fiscal year that begins October 1. That open, transparent, and deliberative process is where we get our leverage.”
President Trump is expected to sign the bill later this week.