Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) issued the following statement in support of the FY 2014 Omnibus Appropriations bill that was approved by the House today.
“This bill is another small step for House conservatives like me who have been leading the fight to rein in Washington’s out-of-control spending. It marks the first time since the Korean War that government spending has been cut 4 years in a row. Our first victory was with the budget caps of the BCA in August 2011. With passage of this document, we can begin the regular order process of the House Budget Committee taking the lead to find more actual spending cuts in the federal budget.
“It includes language I have been pushing for years that would finally protect the rights of American families who want to keep their incandescent light bulbs by blocking funding for the implementation or enforcement of the egregious federal light bulb efficiency standards. Other EPA reductions are also included as are reductions to IRS funding.
“When it comes to Obamacare, Republicans continue to work to put the brakes on this disastrous law by freezing funding at the post-sequester level, reducing funding for the death panels by $10 million, and slashing the HHS slush fund by $1 billion.
“As Americans know from their experiences with Obamacare, every now and then, bureaucrats in Washington make mistakes. It doesn’t matter whether or not you like your health insurance plan or light bulb -- they’ve been determined to get rid of it. One of those mistakes dealt with our disabled military personnel who were receiving pensions and survivor benefits. I’ve worked very hard with my friends in Clarksville to ensure that we included language to restore disabled veterans pensions that were mistakenly left out in the budget agreement text. This will ensure that our disabled veterans continue to receive the benefits that they have earned for their dedicated service to our nation.”