Senator John Ensign, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, today voted in favor of a continuing resolution that will prevent a government shutdown by funding the government for another two weeks while slashing four billion dollars from its budget.
"Today is an important day for the American people; the government has been spending away our freedom for far too long," said Ensign. "Today is the first day in the 14 years that I have been in office where I have witnessed both sides of the aisle coming together to cut billions of dollars from the government's budget. This compromise highlights that our pending economic catastrophe is an American problem and that both sides of the aisle can and should work together. However, we have only just begun.
"The reality is that these four billion dollars in cuts do not stop the national debt from growing; $38 billion will still be added by the end of these two weeks instead of $42 billion. Today's vote showcased that we are all capable of raising our thumbs up to cut spending temporarily, but now the real work begins as we start to tackle President Obama's budget that continues to spend, tax and borrow away our freedom."