Burr Statement on Omnibus

WASHINGTON – Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement after voting against the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (HR.2029):  

“Today, I voted against the large scale spending in the Omnibus bill. There was much in this bill that I have supported, championed and voted for as standalone measures, including vital defense and intelligence related bills and reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.  Unfortunately, these critical national priorities were buried in a massive 2,000 plus page omnibus package. The spending caps I voted for in 2011 were an important step towards fiscal sanity, but the omnibus obliterates those intelligent limits on spending. The omnibus also wastes another opportunity to reform the tax code, which at this point, is negligently complex and patently unfair.  Finally, I am disappointed that the omnibus did not take enough steps to rein in the Administration’s overreaching regulatory agenda.  Americans trust us to appropriate and legislate responsibly, and I could not support this legislation.”