Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) issued the following statement today after voting in favor of H.R. 1, the Full Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011, which eliminates $100 billion in wasteful government spending for the remaining seven months of the fiscal year:
"Today's vote was the first step by House Republicans to begin undoing all of the damage caused by the Democrats' spending binge. By reducing $100 billion in government spending, House Republicans have proven to the American public that we are committed to eliminating excessive spending and tearing down barriers to job creation.
"With our economy on the ropes, the most important thing we can do right now is foster an environment that's accommodating to the American small business community and encourages private-sector job creation. You do that by liberating small businesses from intrusive government regulation and eliminating excessive government spending. The American business community will not have the confidence to grow their businesses and hire new workers unless they truly believe Washington is finally ready to get its fiscal house in order.
"This vote not only fulfills a promise House Republicans made to the American people, but serves as a down payment to regain their trust and confidence. Unlike President Obama, Republicans are not afraid to make the tough choices the American people are demanding. Where the president has failed to show leadership, Republicans stand ready to step into the breach and lead the United States back towards an era of economic prosperity.
"I'm proud of the effort put forth by the Republican Study Committee (RSC) to reduce as much spending as possible for the remainder of the fiscal year. We recognized how important it was that we followed through on our pledge to eliminate $100 billion in spending, and that's exactly what we have done here today."
Garrett is Vice Chairman of the House budget Committee and Chairman of the Budget and Spending Task Force for the Republican Study Committee (RSC).