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December 16, 2010


Don't Confuse Omnibus Spending Bill with Tax Cut Extension Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading opponent of the Democrat’s Omnibus spending bill, today outlined his reasons for that opposition.

“Warning: do not confuse the tax extension bill with the omnibus spending bill,” Inhofe said.  “The tax bill that extends important tax cuts for individuals and employers is 94 percent good.  The other six percent is a small price to pay in order to keep taxes at their lower rates. Anyone who does not vote for this bill in the House is voting for a $2,800 per year tax increase and an automatic paycheck reduction on the Oklahoma taxpayers.  That is unacceptable.”

Inhofe continued, “The bloated omnibus spending bill, with its nearly $1.3 trillion price tag, just demonstrates that the Democrats did not get the message that voters sent this past Election Day to stop spending so much money.  I have opposed the omnibus from the very start, because the enormous bill includes over $1 billion in funds to enact Obama’s plan of socialized medicine, increased government regulation through the inclusion of the Food Safety bill, roughly $1.4 billion for a variety of climate change programs to combat the hoax called global warming, and abortion funding, just to name a few.  At the same time the bloated unsustainable spending is happening, this omnibus contains draconian cuts in the military.

“Funding the government is one of Congress’ priorities, and yet, thanks to the Democrat leadership spending so much of the year trying to push through their liberal agenda, we find ourselves at the 11th hour without having properly considered the various spending bills.  The process for considering this omnibus is entirely flawed.  It is simply irresponsible to wait until the last minute of the year and shove what should be 12 different bills together in one giant 2,000 page, $1.3 trillion bill.  Congress loses all ability to exercise any oversight of the funding and programs administered by the Federal government when we legislate in this manner.”                                                                 


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