U.S. Representative Virginia Foxx (NC-05) today voted for a government funding bill that dramatically reduces spending and funds the federal government for the rest of fiscal year 2011. The bill reduces spending by more than $100 billion.
"Once again, the federal government is on track to rack up the largest deficit in history this year--so it makes perfect sense for Congress to cut spending by the largest amount in U.S. history," Foxx said. "After punting on fiscal responsibility for years, today Congress got serious and actually reduced spending--a down payment on our drive to trim the size and scope of government and get spending under control."
The House-passed funding bill, also known as a "Continuing Resolution," funds the federal government through September 30, 2011. The House took up the bill because last year's Democrat-controlled Congress did not pass a budget or annual spending bills and only provided for government funding through early March of 2011.
In addition to dramatically reducing federal spending, the bill also included an amendment to defund Obamacare, which Foxx also supported. The House of Representatives debated the bill for nearly the entire past week. During the debate, any Representative could offer an amendment to the legislation, restoring a House tradition that had fallen by the way side under the previous House majority.
"This legislation is an example of how Republicans are changing the culture of spending in Washington," Foxx said. "We've gone from a trillion dollar, debt-financed stimulus bill just two years ago to a bill today that takes the stewardship of taxpayer dollars seriously.
"Plus, for the first time in years, we had an open debate that gave any Representative the option of offering an amendment. This is a refreshing change from the closed process that locked many Representatives out of the legislative process in the past. It's past time we turned the page on runaway spending and let Congress go about the business of pruning back government and spurring economic growth."