Mitchell votes with GOP on Dem spending bill

From a statement:

Citing concerns about unnecessary spending, U.S. Rep. Harry Mitchell cast a vote on Wednesday against the Democratic-backed appropriations package for the current fiscal year.

Despite Mitchell’s nay vote, the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009, H.R. 1105, passed 245-178. Mitchell was one of 20 Democrats who voted against the measure.

Mitchell said he could not support the entire spending plan, particularly double-digit increases to the budgets of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Capitol Complex.

“I believe fiscal discipline starts at home, said Mitchell. “If we expect other parts of the federal government to control spending, I think we, in Congress, need to control our own. Spending more on Congress more on ourselves will not help get the economy back on track. While I agree with much of what’s in the omnibus bill, it contains too much unnecessary spending, and we were not given an opportunity to amend the bill to take the unnecessary spending measures out.”

Gabrielle Giffords also voted against the spending bill.

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