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Rep. Garrett Approves House Budget

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Rep. Garrett Approves House Budget

March 25, 2004, Washington, D.C. - Today, House Budget Committee member, Rep. Scott Garrett (NJ-05) voted for H.Con.Res. 393, the FY 2005 Budget Resolution. This resolution cleared the House by a vote of 215-212.

"Budgets are about setting priorities. Congress should do what millions of families do: set priorities and balance every higher-priority spending increase with a lower-priority spending cut. This budget will do just that.

"Most Americans would agree that the nation's top budget priorities are to defend our nation from foreign threats and ensure that each American has a job. This budget provides the President's defense and homeland security requests, while also protecting the President's recent tax cuts for working families, parents, and married couples, set to expire within the next five years.

"This budget holds the line on non-security discretionary spending. Freezing this spending does not mean that none of these programs' budgets can be increased. But, requires that lawmakers set priorities and balance each higher-priority spending increase with a lower-priority spending cut. Given the billions of dollars spent annually on wasteful and duplicative discretionary programs, those lower-priority cuts should not be difficult to find.

"This budget emphasizes fiscal responsibility by cutting the deficit in four years, holding the line on non-security spending, and protecting tax relief for American workers and families."

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