Larson Votes in Favor of Omnibus Legislation
Washington – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01), voted in favor of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 that will fund the government for the next year and prevent another shutdown.
“The legislation we are considering today presented a number of what I believe are unnecessary Hobson’s choices,” said Larson. “In a perfect world, we would never have to choose between funding the health care of 9/11 First Responders versus ignoring the needs of the Puerto Rican people; or delaying a harmful tax on collectively-bargained, employer-sponsored health plans versus jeopardizing our energy security by allowing for the exportation of crude oil for the first time in 40 years. We should not have to choose between a substantial increase in investment for critical medical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) versus provisions that further erode campaign finance disclosures.
“I—along with other Democrats—will continue the fight for Puerto Rico, as it is shameful still no action has been taken by Republican leadership to bring up legislation. We will continue to fight for clean energy—particularly fuel cells—which were wrongfully left out of this agreement. We will continue to fight for campaign finance reform, and attempt to reverse some of the harmful provisions like those in this bill.
“However, thanks to the efforts of Leader Pelosi, Ranking Member Lowey, Rep. DeLauro, and others, we were able to avoid harmful riders on issues like women’s health, Syrian refugees, Dodd-Frank, and many others. With the delay of the so-called “Cadillac tax”, as well as funding for the 9/11 First Responders and increases for vital areas of government like medical research, housing programs, and national service, as well as 68 additional F-35s that will only further enhance our manufacturing base, amongst many other provisions, there is a lot of good that is done with this bill. Even with the difficult choices this bill presented, I voted for it to move our nation forward and avoid yet another government shutdown.”