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Barry Moore calls the $460 billion funding bill a "minibus monstrosity"

On Friday, the U.S. Senate passed a funding bill to keep the government funded through the end of September avoiding a government shutdown. Congressman Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) opposed the 1,050-page $460 billion minibus.

"House Republicans secured massive wins for the American people in the seven appropriations bills we passed, including spending cuts to rein in our ballooning national debt," said Rep. Moore. "This minibus monstrosity gives away those victories and includes no funding to end the chaos at our southern border. If we're going to secure the border and get our spending under control, we must stop handing victories to Schumer and Biden."

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) praised the bill.

"Tonight, the Senate has reached an agreement avoiding a shutdown on the first six funding bills," said Schumer on Facebook. "We will keep important programs funded for moms and kids, for veterans, for the environment, for housing, and so much more."

Moore complained that the compromise funding bills contains none of the cuts to the woke, weaponized and wasteful spending that House Republicans included in the seven appropriations bills they negotiated last year. This legislation is also loaded with $12.6 billion in earmarks and fails to secure our southern border.

Moore said that the bipartisan minibus bill:

• Fails to defund the DOJ prosecution of presidential candidates

• Does not prohibit the construction of a new, massive Pentagon-sized FBI headquarters.

• Continues to fund the DOJ portion of the Biden Administration rule that expands asylum for migrants and continues to allow taxpayer dollars to be used to represent illegal aliens at removal proceedings, despite being defunded in the House GOP bill.

• Continues to fund the VA's DEI offices, programs, and activities and continues to fund the promotion of CRT and discrimination based on race

• Fails to prohibit funding from going to Wuhan Institute of Virology, or other labs controlled by hostile governments like China

• Continues to fund Biden's climate change executive orders, despite being defunded in the House GOP's bills

• Continues to fund the implementation of Biden's WOTUS rule, despite being defunded in the House GOP bill.

On Friday, Moore announced that he is co-sponsoring the Appropriations Transparency Act, introduced by Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-Wisconsin). This legislation amends the Congressional Budget Act to remove the exception from appropriations bills receiving scores from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). A CBO score allows the American public to get analysis and reports on the true cost of these bills.

"When Congress considers bills that spend billions and trillions in taxpayer dollars, the American people deserve to know the truth about what is in those bills," said Moore. "I thank Rep. Grothman for spearheading this legislation that ensures transparency during the appropriations process."

The minibus passed the Senate 75 to 22 after previously passing the House. It is now on President Joseph R. Biden's (D) desk, and he is expected to sign it.

Moore won the Republican nomination in Congressional District One on Tuesday, narrowly beating out Congressman Jerry Carl (R-Mobile). He faces Democrat Tom Holmes in the November 5 general election.

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