Lee Votes to Cut Spending, Return Fiscal Responsibility to Washington

Press Release

By:  Chris Lee
Date: Jan. 25, 2011
Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Chris Lee (NY-26) today voted to cut federal spending back to at least 2008 budget levels to help return fiscal responsibility to Washington. Lee voted for H. Res. 38, which instructs the House Budget Committee to implement spending levels set for 2008 for the remainder of the 2011 fiscal year.

"The majority of the Western New Yorkers I've spoken with want Washington to get its fiscal house in order, and I've heard their calls loud and clear," said Rep. Lee. "Today's vote sends a message that the House will not continue the incredible spending binge that we've seen over the last few years. Every second that passes, Congress adds thousands of dollars onto an already record-high $14 trillion debt, and that needs to change."

Nondefense discretionary spending -- including the failed $787 billion "stimulus" bill -- has increased 84 percent from 2008 through last year, while our national debt has soared from nearly $11 trillion in 2008 to more than $14 trillion today.

"Washington needs to get serious about cutting spending so future generations are not buried under a mountain of debt," Rep. Lee added. "Cutting overall spending to 2008 levels is an important start to getting Washington to live within its means, just as Western New York families have always done."