Rep. Jason Chaffetz (UT) published a blog post on Townhall today. See the following excerpt:
During a time that our deficit is growing at an unprecedented rate and our economy is suffering, the House yesterday passed the FY10 Omnibus Appropriations bill, by a vote of 221-202. The bill provides, among other things, massive funding increases for international family planning, domestic family planning, and condom promotion. We are in debt up to our eyeballs, living on a credit card, and hemorrhaging jobs. Subsidizing condoms is hardly our top priority.
This omnibus bill is bad government at its worst. There are so many reasons to be outraged by this betrayal of the American people.
* This bill spends nearly half the discretionary portion of the federal budget on just six federal departments.
* It was debated for just one hour (that’s $7.4 billion spent per minute of debate).
* No one could possibly have read the entire bill before casting their vote. It was released from the Rules Committee Wednesday and Members and the public had just one day to review this 2,500 page, $446 billion dollar bill before yesterday’s scheduled vote.
* The bill contains more than 5,000 earmarks.
* For the six departments included in the bill, it increases their base funding by 12 percent at a time when everyone else is cutting back.