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Washington D.C.
United States Senate
News Release
Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Sen. Cornyn Votes Against Bloated Omnibus Spending Bill
Stop Reckless Spending - Calls on President to veto and fulfill campaign promise: fiscal restraint
 
WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, a member of the Finance and Budget Committees, released the following statement after opposing the $410 billion Omnibus Appropriations bill.  
 
“American families are learning to save more and spend less, but Congress is not following their lead. I am disappointed that the Majority has chosen to spend so recklessly at such a delicate time in our nation’s history. The omnibus appropriations bill is $30 billion over last year’s budget for these programs, an 8 percent increase. It includes funding for at least 122 programs already funded by the $1 trillion stimulus bill recently enacted into law.  In total, discretionary spending for the current year will be more than $1 trillion for the first time in our nation’s history.
 
“In the 50 days since President Obama’s inauguration, Congress has spent more money than the previous Administration spent on the Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the response to Hurricane Katrina – combined. At a time when all Texans are having to slash their family budgets and find new, innovative ways to save money, Congress is embarking on a lavish, irresponsible spending spree that I could not support. Equally troubling, Senate Democrats blocked Republican proposals to reduce the size and scope of the bill.
 
“Congress cannot tax and spend our way out of a recession. This frivolous spending must stop, and it must stop now. It is my hope that President Obama will veto this legislation, send it back to Congress so we can fulfill what he himself promised to the American people – to go through this bill line-by-line, trim the pork and ensure fiscal responsibility.”
 
Background
 
Sen. Cornyn offered two amendments to the legislation designed to safeguard taxpayer dollars, workers’ rights and transparency. The first measure would prevent trial lawyers from receiving windfall contingent fees from lawsuits that should benefit taxpayers. His second amendment would protect non-union workers who are required to pay union-related dues as a condition of their employment and provide workers with the right to elect not to have their union dues go toward political causes that  have nothing to do with the union representing their interests in the workplace. These two amendments were ultimately defeated by Senate Democrats but Sen. Cornyn remains committed to passing them in the future.
 
Sen. Cornyn serves on the Finance, Judiciary and Budget Committees.  He serves as the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee’s Immigration, Refugees and Border Security subcommittee. He served previously as Texas Attorney General, Texas Supreme Court Justice, and Bexar County District Judge.





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