Earlier this morning, Congressman J. Gresham Barrett (SC-03) voted against the Senate amendment to H.R. 3081, legislation which would continue appropriations for FY2011. After the vote, Barrett made the following remarks:
"Congress desperately needs to be finding ways to reduce spending in all areas; and this appropriations legislation provided a perfect opportunity to do just that. However, it seems the Democratic majority has wasted yet another chance to restore fiscal restraint in Congress.
With our nation's finances in dire straits, it is important to pass legislation that will actively rein in government spending. I cosponsored H.J. Res 96 because it provides a fiscally feasible solution to this year's appropriations process. This bill will protect defense and veterans spending, while returning all non-security discretionary spending back to the FY2008 levels.
While this year's legislative schedule is winding down, there is still time to enact fiscally responsible solutions that will reduce government spending and strengthen our nation's economy."