Ralph Patterson
for U.S. Congress
Texas District 17

Omnibus Quotes

Lamar Smith Statement on Omnibus Appropriations
Dec 18, 2015

Press Release

Washington, DC -Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today released the following statement after voting against a year-end omnibus appropriations bill.

Congressman Lamar Smith: “This bill includes priorities such as funding for the dilapidated San Antonio courthouse and a repeal of the outdated oil export ban.

“Overall, I could not support this $1.1 trillion bill. It lacks serious reforms of our refugee policy and fully funds plans to admit tens of thousands of Syrian refugees into our country. It does nothing to prohibit the White House from funding its Green Climate Fund and serves as an endorsement of the president’s extreme agenda he committed to in Paris. Similarly, it omits congressionally-passed restrictions on controversial EPA regulations. It admits 264,000 unskilled guestworkers to compete in the job market against unemployed Americans for scarce jobs. Finally, it does nothing to defund Planned Parenthood despite the fact that it appears the organization engaged in the sale of unborn baby body parts.”

Smith Statement on Omnibus Appropriations Bill
Dec 11, 2014
Press Release

Washington, D.C.  Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) released the following statement today after voting against passage of a $1 trillion omnibus appropriations bill.

Congressman Smith: “Like many of my colleagues, I would have preferred a bill that reduces spending, blocks the president’s unconstitutional executive orders granting amnesty, and increases border security.

“Unfortunately, the bill before the House today did not meet these criteria and therefore I could not support it.

“In the last election, the American people rejected the policies of this administration and the Democratic lock-down in the Senate. I look forward to the new Congress when we will be able to work on legislation that expands our economy, gets rid of the red tape that burdens American families, and secures our borders. I will continue working to put a stop to the president’s amnesty that punishes American workers and undermines our rule of law.”



Louie Gohmert’s Statement on End of the Year Spending Bill
Washington, Dec 18, 2015

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement regarding his vote against the year-end spending bill in the U.S. House of Representatives:

“The Omnibus included some good initiatives such as ending the ban on oil exports, which will help relieve political blackmail by OPEC and Russia; however, the President’s war against people with jobs involving coal is funded as are federal programs that allow millions more acres to be put off limits for oil, gas, or other mineral production.”

“Sadly, this bill continues to fund Planned Parenthood, whose videotaped abortion abuses shock most consciences. Tragically, Democrats demanded and got full funding of President Obama’s plan for bringing alleged Syrian refugees into the United States – ‘alleged’ because there is no way to be sure where they are actually from or who they really are. The provision on visa waivers has a hole big enough to drive truckloads of radical jihadists through. Unfortunately, the Omnibus bill that passed today also failed to stop President Obama’s illegal amnesties.

“I really wanted to vote for this bill because of some of the good things in it; but, when America’s number one concern is not addressed nor were so many current abuses of the Constitution, it is a bridge too far and I could not vote for it.”

Congressman Gohmert is the Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, he was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas and was appointed by then Texas Governor Rick Perry to complete a term as Chief Justice of the 12th Court of Appeals.

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Roger Williams on the Consolidated Appropriations Act vote
Jan 15, 2014

Press Release

Today, Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25) issued the following statement after the House passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014.

“The folks in Texas’ 25th District have made it loud and clear that this bill isn’t right for Texas and isn’t right for America. This omnibus bill does nothing to rein in out-of-control Washington spending and will end up hurting small businesses. As a business owner of 42 years, I can tell you the two most harmful laws for job creators are Obamacare and Dodd-Frank – both of which are funded in this bill.

“Congress missed this opportunity to make real, impactful reforms and root out waste, fraud and abuse within government programs. For example, this bill includes $1.5 billion for green projects like the failed tax-payer funded Solyndra, $10.2 billion for energy programs that can and should be funded by the private sector, and ample funding for duplicative or outdated federal programs.

“Furthermore, by cramming everything into one large appropriations bill – instead of passing these bills separately with time to debate and amend them – we’re just enforcing the problem with Washington’s irresponsible budgeting process.”

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Babin Opposes Funding Bill that Fails to Address Refugee Concerns

Washington, Dec 18, 2015

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Brian Babin (TX-36), who is leading the charge in Congress to stop President Obama’s plans to bring in tens of thousands of Syrian refugees into the U.S., voted against the year-end government omnibus spending bill (H.R. 2029) because it failed to include much-needed provisions that he has fought so hard for to protect American citizens and stop President Obama’s dangerous refugee policies.

“While there is one really good, but unrelated, provision in this bill – the lifting of the ban on exporting crude oil – it is not enough to offset the danger to our national security, which far outweighs anything else,” said Rep. Babin. “Since July I have been leading the effort to address the national security vulnerabilities we face in our dangerous and reckless U.N.-led refugee program.

“Unfortunately, this legislation fails to take the necessary steps to protect American citizens from ISIS sympathizers who have begun to infiltrate the refugee population. What’s worse is the fact that it provides a $100 million increase to the refugee resettlement program. At a time when the President’s own DHS, DNI and FBI directors say we cannot properly screen these folks, the failure to stop this dangerous Obama Administration initiative is a huge mistake that leaves the American people vulnerable.”


Senator Ted Cruz Op-Ed on the Omnibus

Former Congressman Allen West: Yes, I’m upset… Will I leave the GOP after this week’s embarrassment?