Thursday, April 14, 2011

Congressman Bob Gibbs: This Spending Deal is Only the Beginning


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Bob Gibbs today released the following statement following passage of H.R 1473, Making Appropriations for Department of Defense and Other Departments and Agencies for FY2011:
“Today, I supported the agreement on the largest non-defense spending cut in history to help begin to create a better environment for private-sector job growth. 
“This historic spending agreement cuts $315 billion over the next ten years, eliminates dozens of federal programs, and undermines the job-crushing health care law.  These are the kind of concrete steps we need to take if we are going to end the Washington spending binge that causes uncertainty for American job creators. 
“It is important to note is that we are forced to vote on this short-term budget because the last Congress ignored its Constitutional responsibility to pass a budget.  The Administration and Senate leadership ignored the American people’s demands for more spending cuts and defended their reckless spending addiction instead of making the tough decisions necessary to craft a budget.   
“I was elected to challenge President Obama and Senator Harry Reid reckless spending addiction, and enacting a responsible budget that ensures our military gets paid signals the official end of a period of unprecedented government spending.
“However, the agreement is far from perfect, and we need to do much more if we’re serious about creating new jobs, fixing our spending-driven debt crisis, and ending the uncertainty that continues to plague our economy.   But it is a positive first step and tomorrow, I will support a budget proposal that cuts $6.2 trillion from the President’s budget and offers a long-term blueprint for American job creation.”