Lujan Grisham Statement on Appropriations Bill
Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham released the following statement after she voted against H.R. 83, the Omnibus Appropriations Bill.
"While I hoped to vote for a clean spending bill that invests in New Mexico priorities like Sandia National Laboratories and Kirtland Air Force Base, I could not support legislation that puts the interests of big banks and billionaires ahead of college students who are drowning in debt, homeowners that are still facing foreclosures and retirees and working Americans who lost everything because of the reckless activities of the too big to fail banks. As America continues to recover, everyone needs a shot at recovery - not just big business. New Mexico families are still struggling to recover from the last taxpayer-funded bailout of Wall Street – they should not have to shoulder that burden ever again. The bill jeopardizes national security, cuts earned retiree pension benefits, and rolls back campaign finance rules that opens the door to even more special-interest spending during political campaigns. These provisions put special interests above working-class Americans and have no business in appropriations legislation."