Both chambers of Congress approved the massive budget bill this week, sending it on to the president to keep the government running into October.
Nebraska Congressman Adrian Smith voted against the $1.1 trillion bill as it eliminates most of the cuts imposed under the sequestration process.
“It does little to address the deficit and debt,” Smith says. “I will acknowledge there are some worthy policy provisions in the bill and I hope we can build from those and get back to regular order with our spending process.”
Smith, a Republican, says the appropriations process needs to be more orderly. He says there are multiple areas of government that all have separate budgets, which could all be voted on separately, but that’s not the way Congress goes about it.
Smith says, “There are 12 of those and voting on each of those, I think, is a better process than lumping them all together in an omnibus bill.”
Smith says the bill that passed, at nearly 1,600 pages, is too big for anyone to fully understand.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton