Westerman Statement on Consolidated Appropriations Act

March 10, 2019
Press Release

U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) released the following statement in response to the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019:

"In the words of Yogi Berra, this is déjà vu all over again: another massive spending bill with limited time to read it. Conference committee members had just one hour to review the provisions, the bill was filed after 1:00 this morning, and members are expected to comb through almost 1,200 pages of text in time for a vote at 9:00 tonight.

Although we don’t have time to digest everything that’s in the bill, we do know what’s not in it. Even with hundreds of pages and provisions, the bill somehow still fails to give President Trump the resources he requested to secure the Southern border. Not only that, but Democratic leadership has also waited three weeks to act on border funding, and in the eleventh hour -- as the government is on the brink of needlessly shutting down for the second time this year -- they negotiate a bill and attempt to force it through the legislative process.

I hoped it wouldn’t get to a point where the president contemplated declaring a national emergency, and for the sake of precedent, I hope he doesn’t have to do it. This is a failure of Congress, plain and simple. We must return to regular order and pass clean appropriations bills in a timely manner. Anything less is political gamesmanship and harmful to the American people."