Only 3 Conservative Representatives Opposed Both Spending Bills (Amash, Massie, and Bridenstine).
This week, the House GOP voted on two bills that are well-intentioned: The Skills Act (HR 803) and the Preserving Work Requirements for Welfare Programs Act of 2013 (HR 890). Both bills follow conservative policies: reducing the number of programs and requiring people to be looking for work before they can get welfare. Unfortunately, the House RINOs and some liberals got together and included big spending provisions within these bills.
The Preserving Work Requirements for Welfare Programs Act was a fine bill before a manager’s amendment was included that would spend $19 billion annually for a program called the TANF.
Here’s Rep. Amash’s statement in opposition:
This bill authorizes more than $19 billion (annualized) in additional spending on the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Among the grants extended under TANF are flagrantly non-federal items such as Healthy Marriage Promotion and Responsible Fatherhood Grants. Remarkably, some conservative outside groups are urging Representatives to vote in *favor* of this bill.
The conservative group he is talking about is sadly the Heritage Foundation. They urged a “yes” vote on this bill and have not withdrawn their key vote alert. Since when was spending $19 billion annually on a program that should be returned to the states…conservative?
Then, today, the House voted on the Skills Act. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the SKILLS Act would result in approximately $32 billion in mandatory spending and $50 billion in additional discretionary spending through 2022. That is about $80 billion in federal spending, only 2 weeks after all of Washington was up in arms over $85 billion in sequester cuts. (Thanks to Rep. Massie for this info).
See the link below:
The GOP would do well to return these job training programs back to the states because nothing in our Constitution authorizes “job-training” programs run by the Federal Government.
So as you can see, the House GOP leadership has passed two bills that are well-intentioned but actually increase spending instead of reducing our debt. This is sad. Next week should be a bigger week in the news as votes will occur on the Continuing resolution (which conservatives should oppose) and budgets. But this week was a sad week for those of us who believe that government spends too much!
Work for Welfare Vote: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll068.xml
Skills Act Vote: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll075.xml