U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement upon voting for final passage of the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009 (H.R. 1105):
“Last month, I voted against the trillion-dollar so-called ‘stimulus’ package, but this is the regular appropriations bill that has to be passed each year if the government is to operate properly. I voted for several amendments that would have reduced spending, but ultimately those motions were defeated.
“The bill that passed today includes funding for several projects important to Tennesseans: an anti-gang program in Memphis; Wolf Creek and Center Hill Dam repair; rebuilding the Chickamauga Lock; as well as increased funding for Oak Ridge, the Great Smokies, and the US Forest Service’s number-one land-acquisition in the country, which is in Upper East Tennessee.”