Representative Kelly Votes to Pass 2012 Budget Resolution

Apr 15, 2011 Issues: Spending Cuts and Debt


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Contact: Julia Thornton

April 15, 2011                                                      



Representative Kelly Votes to Pass 2012 Budget Resolution  

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) issued the following statement today regarding his vote to pass H. Con. Res. 34, the Fiscal Year 2012 Budget Resolution:

“For the first time in America’s history, Congress is debating how much federal spending it needs to cut instead of how much spending to increase. We are moving in the right direction.

"Yesterday the House passed a spending bill for the remainder of fiscal year 2011 that cut $38.5 billion from 2010 spending levels, the largest non-defense spending cut in our nation’s history and an amount that represents a spending reduction of $78.5 billion when compared to President Obama’s 2011 budget.

“And today, with the passage of H. Con. Res. 34, the Fiscal Year 2012 Budget Resolution, we raised the stakes, talking about cuts in terms of trillions instead of billions. With our 2012 budget, House Republicans have put America on a path to prosperity, cutting $6.2 trillion in government spending over the next decade and reducing the deficit by $4.4 trillion.

“Today’s measure also addressed the need to reform Medicare, a treasured entitlement program that the Congressional Budget Office says will go broke in nine years. Under our proposal, seniors are safe, with no changes to the current program for those 55 and older. Yet in order to provide the benefits of this program for people 54 and under, we need to reform Medicare before the money runs out. If we don’t fix it for the future now, there won’t be a program for the next generation of seniors.

“While this budget focuses on spending cuts and entitlement reform, it also focuses on job creation. The best way to create jobs is to promote private sector growth by lowering the tax burden on our job creators. As opposed to President Obama’s plan for a $1.5 trillion tax hike on families, small businesses, and job creators, our budget will reform and simplify the tax code so employers can grow their businesses and hire more people.

“When President Obama extended the Bush tax cuts four months ago, he said the tax cuts would ‘help grow our economy and create jobs in the private sector.’ He was right, and that’s what our budget’s tax cuts will do.

“Today marked an important turning of the tide in Washington, D.C., moving away from years of deficit spending and moving toward a record of growth and deficit reduction. It’s only the beginning, but it’s a good one and it’s the right one.”