Congressman Pete Olson

Representing the 22nd District of Texas

Olson Questions National Spending Priorities

December 10, 2009
Press Release

Rep. Pete Olson today issued the following statement in opposition to H.R. 3288, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010:

“I was pleased that funding for America’s human space flight program was restored to the President’s request level.  The House-passed version that was passed this past summer cut funding for exploration, which would have been extremely harmful to our nation’s human space flight program.  Language was also added that would require legislative language to terminate existing NASA programs or initiate a new one. 

“This bill however, exposes a serious flaw in our process and priorities. NASA has again been short changed while other agencies receive increases.  This speaks volumes about our national priorities.  In a time of economic crisis, spending should be curtailed, yet we see spending increases at every turn, with the exception of programs that would guarantee high paying American jobs and sustain our global dominance in science and technology through human space flight.

“At a time of economic struggle, it is the duty of Congress to pass responsible spending bills that maintain an efficient government and target limited funds where they will do the most good in our economy.  Instead, this spending bill increases spending over last year’s level and permits federal funds to be spent on abortions and needle exchange programs in the District of Columbia.  This bill also eliminates school vouchers in our nation’s capital, eliminates funding for abstinence education, and increases funding for the UN Population Fund.  Where are our priorities?”

This bill contains six of the seven remaining Appropriations bills that have yet to be approved by Congress this year, including the Commerce, Justice, Science bill, the Financial Services bill, the Labor, Health, and Human Services bill, the State and Foreign Operations bill, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development bill, and the Military Construction-Veterans Affairs bill.  The cost of this bill is $446.8 billion, which translates to an increase of 12% from last year.

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Contact: Melissa Kelly
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