Nebraska delegation votes against $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — With just hours to spare, the House of Representatives approve a budget for the rest of the fiscal year on Friday.

The $.7 trillion spending package, which will fund the government through September, passed the Senate on Thursday. It now heads to President Joe Biden.

The omnibus bill includes provisions aimed at making it harder to overturn a certified presidential election and about $45 billion in emergency assistance funding for NATO allies and Ukraine.

All five members of Nebraska’s congressional delegation voted against the bill.

Sen. Deb Fischer called the budget process “totally broken.”

“At the 11th hour, Congress has jammed through a $1.7 trillion, 4,000+ page package stuffed with special interest provisions,” she said in a statement. “While I appreciate the critical investments this bill makes in our national defense, we cannot continue to rubberstamp wasteful spending with zero transparency.”

Rep. Mike Flood, who represents Lincoln and other parts of eastern Nebraska, said the bill will exacerbate inflation.

He also criticized the “special deals and pork tucked into it, including giving $200 million for gender programs in Pakistan and naming a federal building in honor of Nancy Pelosi.”

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