Kelly Votes Against Irresponsible Budget Agreement

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3877, the Bipartisan Budget Act, a two-year budget agreement brokered by the White House and Congressional leaders. Concerned by House Democrats’ rejection of modest proposals to offset higher spending by cutting wasteful and excessive spending elsewhere, Representative Mike Kelly, R-Pa., voted against the measure.

America is driving toward a fiscal cliff and this deal puts more pressure on the gas pedal, said Kelly. While the deal makes necessary investments in America’s military and the VA, Democrats refused to even consider modest reductions in spending elsewhere to offset those costs. As our national debt rapidly approaches $23 trillion without a hint of slowing down, we must acknowledge that this cannot continue forever.

The White House offered $574 billion in potential offsets, most of which Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats refused to consider. Instead, during negotiations they held hostage necessary funding to rebuild America’s military and care for veterans to secure domestic spending increases and raise the federal debt limit.