U.S. Congressman Bob Gibbs today released the following statement regarding the passage of House Joint Resolution 44, making Further Continuing Appropriations Amendments.
"When I came to Washington, my goal was to cut spending, reduce the size of government, and create an environment for job growth. Cutting federal spending will lead to job growth. That is why two weeks ago, I voted to cut spending by over $100 billion from the President's request to fund the federal government for the last seven months of the fiscal year ending September 30th. H.R. 1 represents the single largest cut in discretionary spending in the history of the United States Congress.
"However, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid refuses to consider H.R. 1. Instead, Senator Reid is offering his own plan to keep the current, bloated spending levels frozen in place. But we cannot freeze into place the Democrats' irresponsible, job-crushing spending binge.
"Today, I voted for a short-term spending resolution that will prevent a government shutdown by funding government operations for two weeks, giving the Senate additional time to consider H.R. 1. This two week CR is a $4 billion cut in spending.
"The House has taken a significant and historic step towards addressing Washington's out-of-control government spending and removing barriers to job creation. But H.R. 1 now remains in the Senate for consideration. The Senate and White House must follow suit by taking the fiscal crisis seriously and joining us in making some tough, but responsible decisions.
"As Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said, "Unless we as a nation make a strong commitment to fiscal responsibility, in the longer run, we will have neither financial stability nor healthy economic growth.' I remain optimistic that we can make the difficult and necessary decisions to avoid such a fate, restore confidence in our economy and create a more prosperous future for our children and grandchildren."