Here’s the press statement from the Speaker on the Senate’s budget busting supplemental appropriations bill:
(Washington, D.C.) Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) today made the following statement regarding a $109 billion emergency supplemental bill, which passed the Senate. The House in March passed its version, H.R. 4939, with a 348-71 vote.
“As it’s currently drafted, the Senate’s $109 billion emergency spending bill is dead on arrival in the House. President Bush requested $92 billion for the War on Terror and some hurricane spending. The House used fiscal restraint, but now the Senate wants to come to the table with a tab that’s $17 billion over budget. The House has no intention of joining in a spending spree at the expense of American taxpayers.”