By NICK GOSNELL
HUTCHINSON, Kan. — There are multiple reasons that Kansas First District Congressman Tracey Mann voted against the latest spending package backed by the Biden Administration.
"It's $1.75 trillion, which makes it one of the largest spending bills in the history of the country," Mann said. "It starts a lot of new programs. It's bad for the oil and gas industry. This bill spends $80 billion to hire almost 80,000 more IRS agents. It does not have the Hyde Amendment, which, you know, for decades has been our policy, that we do not have taxpayer funded abortions. That language is not included. This bill is bad, bad, bad, for the country and for the Big First. It's not something I could support."
Mann also isn't sure that the price tag is really what the administration is claiming, either.
"There's a group that scores it, meaning they are determining what it would cost and that's $1.75 trillion," Mann said. "But, a lot of the new programs and things that get started are only for a couple of years. Then they have to get reauthorized. If you look at this bill over the next 10 years, I think, more than likely, it would cost more like $4 trillion than $1.75 trillion. This just further adds to our $30 trillion debt we already have. This spending is not sustainable."
For Mann and many Republicans, it is fundamental to keep government in its lane.
"Big picture, there's an inverse relationship between freedom and the size of government," Mann said. "When government grows, freedom shrinks and when government shrinks, freedom grows. We have seen an expansive growth of government, in spending and in intrusion in our lives. Things like vaccine mandates, which I strongly oppose. These things are not good for our individual freedoms and liberties going forward."
Mann believes if the election were held now, Republicans would retake control of the House, but it remains to be seen what will change between now and next November.