Congressman Cohen Votes Against Massive Spending Bill

March 22, 2018
Press Release
Says trillion-dollar measure contains the wrong priorities, while increasing national debt

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) voted today against a massive $1.3 trillion spending bill, noting it contained the wrong priorities while leaving critical issues unaddressed.

The measure passed 256-167.

Congressman Cohen noted that the 2,232-page measure was rushed through without adequate time for review. What was clear from the hurry-up effort was that a provision to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller from firing was not in the bill while a massive, unnecessary and budget-busting Defense spending increase was included.

After the vote, Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

“I voted against a trillion-dollar bill that contains irresponsible levels of Defense spending while failing to address pressing national issues. The bill does not afford the procedural due process protections for Special Counsel Robert Mueller that my bipartisan Special Counsel Integrity Act would provide. It also fails to provide the fixes to the Affordable Care Act many thought had been agreed to. We didn’t need to rush into this spending measure with no real time to read it. Americans are rightly offended at the way this was done.”