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Bill Johnson Statement on Passage of Omnibus Appropriations Bill

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Washington, December 11, 2014 | Johnson Press Office (202.225.5705) | comments
Representative Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) issued the following statement after voting to pass H.R. 83 (the Omnibus Appropriations Bill), legislation that fully funds 11 of 12 annual Appropriations bills through September 30, 2015.
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Representative Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) issued the following statement after voting to pass H.R. 83 (the Omnibus Appropriations Bill), legislation that fully funds 11 of 12 annual Appropriations bills through September 30, 2015.  Notably, H.R. 83 only funds the Department of Homeland Security through February 27, 2015, which provides Republicans a chance to respond to President Obama’s executive order on amnesty after the new Republican-controlled Senate takes office in January:

“The bipartisan legislation that passed the House today represents the reality of divided government, takes steps toward a more fiscally responsible government, and establishes the lowest spending level in five years.   It provides: no new funding for Obamacare; cuts the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) by $10 million; provides no funding for the Administration’s “Race to the Top” program – one of President Obama’s primary initiatives to coerce states into adopting Common Core; contains additional, strong pro-life provisions; protects all Americans’ Second Amendment rights; cuts funding for the IRS by $345.6 million – one of the agencies tasked with implementing President Obama’s health care law; and, addresses many more priorities of the hard-working taxpayers that sent us here” Bill Johnson said.

“Very importantly to those across Eastern and Southeastern Ohio, the legislation cuts the EPA by $60 million.  This is the fifth year in a row the EPA budget has been reduced, and it brings EPA total staffing to its lowest level since 1989.  The EPA has put a stranglehold on the coal industry through its crippling, and job-killing regulations.  Any opportunity to cut the EPA’s budget and rein them in is a win for Ohioans.  This legislation would also protect farmers from the EPA’s Clean Water Act by preventing the Army Corps from regulating farm ponds and irrigation ditches.  Additionally, this legislation supports our troops in providing them with a well-earned pay raise, and provides the Department of Defense the funding it needs to continue to combat ISIL and other global threats to our security. 

“Congress will be better suited to address the President’s blatant executive overreach on amnesty early next year when the new Republican-led Senate is sworn in, and Harry Reid is no longer Senate Majority Leader and chief obstructionist.  

 “By no means is this bill perfect; however, as Thomas Jefferson famously said, “the ground of liberty is to be gained by inches,” and this responsible legislation gets America moving in the right direction as we enter 2015.”

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