Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Lankford Votes For $6 Billion Cut

Congressman James Lankford
Congressman James Lankford voted today for a three-week continuing resolution that keeps the government running and cuts an additional $6 billion in spending.

“Republicans came into the majority this year with a mandate to tame the deficit. Today’s vote moves us closer toward that goal,” said Lankford. “We have now passed $10 billion in cuts in five weeks. That is a good start, but we need more. With a $1.65 trillion deficit this year, there should be no illusion that this is the end of spending cuts. We need to put fiscal year 2011 to rest and focus on the fiscal year 2012 budget to begin the hard work of laying out a serious plan to tackle our long-term deficits. But because of inaction in the Senate, the House has been forced into short-term measures that only distracts from the bigger picture. That’s why it’s time to put an end to these repetitive stop gap bills and get a plan passed that completes the fiscal year.

“Righting our fiscal ship requires action from both parties. House Republicans and Democrats have passed a budget, but Senate Democrats are still nowhere to be seen. If they are truly serious about deficit reduction and passing a responsible budget, they should stop being a party on the sidelines. It’s well past time for them to join the debate.”

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