U.S. Rep. Phil Roe
The $1 trillion appropriations bill passed overwhelmingly by Congress keeps federal government discretionary spending back at 2008 levels, U.S. Rep. Phil Roe claimed in a recent conference call with reporters.
“Not anybody was happy with all of it,” Roe, R-Tenn., said of the bill, which recently passed in the GOP-controlled House by a 359-67 vote and in the Democratic-majority Senate by a 72-26 margin.
Tennessee GOP U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander voted for the bill, but his state Republican counterpart, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, voted against it. Roe voted for the bill, as did U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Va.
“One of the goals I had when I came to Congress was to decrease the growth of government spending and put us on a glide path to a balanced budget,” Roe said. “We’ve got a tremendous amount of work to do on the mandatory (spending) side, and that’s obviously where the majority of the budget is, ... (but) I don’t think the American people know that spending has actually gone down.”
In the aftermath of a partial government shutdown last fall, the appropriations bill funds the federal government until the end of September.For an expanded version of this article, please see Monday's print edition or our expanded electronic edition.