Today, Congressman Larry Kissell (NC-08) joined a majority of his colleagues in taking the first real step of the 112th Congress to reduce government spending, voting in favor of H. Res. 38, a measure to reduce Federal spending to Fiscal Year 2008 levels or less. The resolution passed the House by a 256-165 vote.
"I was proud to take this step forward in good faith with my colleagues from across the aisle," said Kissell. "Simply put, we owe it to the American people to get our fiscal house in order, and this vote today has set the guidelines to do just that. We can maintain our focus on fixing our economy while taking a realistic approach to cutting government waste and excess. As our American families work to tighten their belts, so too must Congress. "
The bill will set forth a transition to reduce non-security spending to FY 2008 levels or below, but maintain FY 2011 funding levels for Defense, Homeland Security and Military Construction and Veterans.
"As a nation, we must invest our capital wisely in real infrastructure projects to help rebuild our nation and economy, and create real long-term job growth along the way," added Kissell. "While we work to trim the fat, we must also be sure we maintain our commitment to our Seniors and Veterans, and ensure the promises we've made to them are kept and they are taken care of. I will continue to work with people on both sides of the aisle to help get our economy up and running as we rein in our government's out of control spending. This was a great first step, and I was proud to support it."