House Republicans Respond to Senate passage of Omnibus Bill — They throw down the Gauntlet

December 21, 2022 

Dear Senate Republican Colleagues, 

As you know, yesterday at 1:30a.m., the text of the Democrat-led omnibus appropriations package was  released, and it confirmed what we already knew to be true – this bill is a full-scale assault on the American  people. This 4,155-page bill spends $1.7 trillion to further empower the Biden administration’s tyrannical  attack on the liberty and security of our constituents, and it must be opposed with any fiber of political  fortitude Senate Republicans still have.  

Once again, we urge Senate Republicans to use every tool possible to kill this bill. Failure to do so will  result in not only legislative and political consequences, but irrevocable consequences for our nation.  

This omnibus will undeniably continue the Washington status quo that Americans are fed up with. It will  fuel the rampant inflation that is cutting into Americans’ paychecks. It will add to our $31 trillion national  debt, digging a deeper hole for our children and grandchildren to crawl out of. And because almost every  Senate Republican has bloviated about inflation and the national debt at some point in the past two years,  a vote for this bill should be viewed as a blatant display of hypocrisy. 

As expected, the bill increases funding for President Biden’s bureaucrats and wholly fails to impose meaningful checks on his radical agenda. It increases funding for an FBI that is colluding with big tech to  suppress free speech, labeling parents as domestic terrorists, and targeting pro-life Americans. It gives  more money to the NIH, CDC, FDA, and other agencies that are actively conspiring with big healthcare to  our detriment. It increases funding for a State Department that failed in its basic function to get Americans  out of Afghanistan while funding things like drag shows in foreign countries. It further empowers EPA  and other agencies to wage war on reliable US energy. And it provides another $45 billion for Ukraine  while failing to hold the Pentagon brass accountable for promoting the woke ideology that is gutting the  culture of our Armed Forces. 

But perhaps most offensively, for at least nine months, this omnibus will deny the incoming House GOP  majority any leverage to enact crucial policy changes needed to secure our border through the power of the  purse. And not only does this bill disregard actual border security, it also doubles down by providing DHS  with an additional $3.2 billion to continue processing and releasing illegal migrants at a faster pace and  larger scale, which will only make this crisis worse. With this bill, the American people will endure at least  nine more months of record fentanyl overdoses, surging migrant crossings, rampant cartel activity, property  destruction, and migrant deaths. A vote in favor of this bill is a vote for every bit of it, and it will solidify  Senate Republicans’ role in perpetuating this crisis.  

On Monday, the Senate Republican leader inexplicably called this bill “a strong outcome for Republicans.” We wholly disagree – this bill completely contradicts everything the Republican party claims it stands for.  We have a duty to stand up for Americans and put an end to the border crisis. We have a duty to use the 

power of the purse to stop the Biden administration’s radical agenda. And we have a duty to stand athwart  the rampant government spending that has caused crushing inflation. Voting in favor of this bill is a  dereliction of our duty on all counts.  

The released legislative text confirmed this omnibus is an assault on the American people. As such, we  reiterate that if any omnibus passes in the remaining days of this Congress, we will oppose and whip  opposition to any legislative priority of those senators who vote for its passage – including the Republican  leader. We will oppose any rule, any consent request, suspension voice vote, or roll call vote of any such  Senate bill, and will otherwise do everything in our power to thwart even the smallest legislative and policy  efforts of those senators.  

Again, we must stop the assault on Texans and the American people. Kill this terrible bill or there is no  point in pretending we are a united party, and we must prepare for a new political reality.  


Signed by 26 Members of Congess

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