.S. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Lycoming Township, hailed today's passage of HR 48 as "another big step on the road to economic recovery."
The freshman legislator from Pennsylvania's 10th District voted for the resolution which amounts to $10 billion in cuts in five weeks. The measure is a three-week continuing resolution that funds the federal government through April 8. The House approved HR48 by a 271-158 vote.
Marino, a Tea Party member, said the continuing resolution avoids a government shutdown and takes a "methodical, careful and sensible" approach toward creating a climate that will put an end to the uncertainty that is thwarting job creation.
"This is part of our overall program to create jobs, cut wasteful government spending and keep taxes low," Marino said. "If we do this step by step, we will get this done. We have only been in office for 2 ½ months. It took us four decades to get to the $14.2 trillion deficit that is choking this economy."
Marino said the Democrats wanted to see a government shutdown so they could blame it on the new Congress.
"Nothing will be gained in a shutdown," he said. "It only exasperates the problem. We have men and women on the front lines fighting for us. We must keep the government running."
Marino said he is optimistic that the new Congress will eventually win the battle against the stale old policies that led to historic national debt, a record deficit, and high unemployment.
"We will cross the finish line but with a President and Senate Majority still addicted to the old spending ways, we can't do it today," he said. "We are at a good, steady pace and on track to return this nation to a sound fiscal state. But we must do it with one voice."