That’s how long we have until Congress will need to fund the government again.
For those of us who participated in the vote last week on the 2,232-page, $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill, it’s hard to believe we’re only going to make it to September before we have to do it all over again.
The good news is 27 weeks is more than enough time to debate and vote on spending bills for each of the major agencies of the federal government. IF WE START RIGHT NOW!
I have committed to be a leader to fight against the swamp’s preferred legislative strategy where massive spending bills are
- Written in secret
- Introduced at the last minute against an artificial deadline
- Offered with no opportunity for individual members to improve the bill with amendments
The reason I have so strongly opposed this process is because it disenfranchises the American people from having a say in how their $4 trillion dollar government works.
Last week I sat down for an interview with Mark Levin to discuss how this process of disenfranchisement works. This is what I told Mark:
These words are negotiated in private by a small handful of legislative leaders, to the exclusion of everyone else. Meaning, most of the American people are effectively disenfranchised from this process, because their elected senators and representatives are outside of that room where this small handful of leaders is negotiating this bill in private.
By the time it comes out into public, there isn’t time to debate it, to discuss it, to amend it, to improve it. There isn’t time to receive adequate feedback from the American people, and the members themselves who are being asked to vote on this are themselves not fully aware of what’s in it. It’s wrong. And it will continue until this process doesn’t work.
Even with 27 weeks to prevent the swamp from doing this again, I am convinced that those who have pioneered this disastrous process and enabled it to flourish will continue to pass spending bills like the 2018 omnibus until the American people demand they stop.
Last week I was encouraged to see hundreds of thousands of Americans share their disgust with this process. Even though the omnibus spending bill passed, many members who had voted for these kinds of spending bills in the past decided they had enough and voted against last week’s bill. In fact, all four of Utah’s members of the House of Representatives voted “No.”
Ultimately, the only reason the bill passed at all was because the vast majority of my Democratic colleagues voted for it. Instead of forcing Democrats to filibuster individual spending bills and justify their spectacle of nonsense to the American people for weeks, Republican leaders in Congress decided that the best way to compromise with our colleagues across the aisle is through an act of collusion that gives them everything they want.
If you’re a conservative American, who wants your voice heard in D.C., you are right to feel outraged by all of this. I share your frustration. I also believe that unless we take the next 27 weeks to join ourselves together to stand up against this process, that it will keep happening again… and again… and again.
The good news is we have momentum to reform this process. After last week’s vote, the president insisted that he would not sign another spending bill like this.
Thousands of you have already signed my pledge to join the fight against out-of-control spending bills. If you haven’t signed this pledge, I invite you to do so. I will keep you updated on opportunities we can take advantage of over the next 27 weeks to reform this process.
Also, if you haven’t helped me find others to join our cause, I hope you will. I am committed to do everything I can to prevent reckless spending bills in the future, but I can’t do it alone. There a numerous ways you can help us spread this message, and we are going to need all the help we can get.
Last week many Americans who signed my pledge to fight against this process also gave generous donations to help us find everyone we can through cost effective digital advertising. With their help we were able to get our message in front of hundreds of thousands of Americans – basically turning my little campaign web presence into a platform that could reach audiences that rival the size of cable news channels.
Americans are receptive to this message. They are fed up. So, I am hoping with your help that we can keep the momentum going.