Jordan Rips Omnibus Spending Bill: The Only Thing We Don't Fund Is the Border Wall

March 22, 2018

Rep. Jim Jordan (R., Ohio) on Thursday lambasted Republican lawmakers for overspending in the proposed $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill, arguing that border security is "the one thing" that the legislation does not fund.

Jordan, a member of the House Freedom Caucus, said on Fox News that Republicans ran for office on fiscal responsibility and border security, and that the spending package fails to deliver on those goals.

"The one thing we don't fund is the one issue we all campaigned on, a border security wall, and that is not in the legislation," he said.

In addition to opposing high levels of spending, Jordan has long fought any federal funding of Planned Parenthood. He also took issue with funding for the Gateway tunnel project, an infrastructure plan in New York and New Jersey, and Fix NICS provisions to strengthen federal background checks for gun purchases.

"I don't think we told the voters when we were running for the job and they gave us the privilege to come here and serve that we were going to continue to fund Planned Parenthood, that we were going to restrict Second Amendment liberties, let some bureaucrats take away your Second Amendment rights, not a court of law," Jordan said. "I don't think they said we were going to fund this gateway earmarked boondoggle project and not fund the border wall."

Jordan added that Republicans should start over with a totally different budget bill.

"It can't get any worse than this bill," he concluded. "We should stop. We should go back to the drawing board. If we have to do a short-term funding bill, do that, but go back and do something consistent with what the voters elected us to do."

Elsewhere in the interview, Jordan expressed agreement with the military funding in the bill.