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Congressman Long Votes to End Wasteful Government Spending

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Location: Washington, DC

Today, Congressman Billy Long voted against a three-week spending bill on the floor of the House of Representatives.

"The Democrats are using the budget as a political ploy instead of dealing with the issues facing our economy," said Long. "The American people have run out of patience and it is time to stop wasting taxpayer dollars funding government takeovers like Obamacare."

As a businessman, Billy knows you can't budget long-term two and three weeks at a time. Neither can businesses spend 58% more than they take in year after year as the President wants our government to do. A business would be forced to make hard decisions in order to stay viable and so must the biggest business in the world -- the United States Government.

Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a budget (H.R.1) to fund the federal government for the rest of the fiscal year. Although passed by the House, to become adopted required the approval of the Senate. As the Senate continued to debate the bill, the House, along with the Senate, passed a two-week extension to the budget deadline. In the Senate, Democrats continued to block H.R. 1 and force a budget showdown as the two weeks were about to expire.

Today's resolution, which passed the House, goes to the Senate and if passed would extend Senate debate of H.R.1 until April 8th. Senate Democrats continue to block efforts to pass H.R.1 despite it receiving more Senate votes than on their own competing proposal. Their proposed budget does little to cut spending and is a stark refutation of the will of the American people.
"As Senate Democrats take to the floor to defend even minor frivolous spending, such as subsidies for cowboy poetry, it is clear they lack the conviction or courage to address the nation's dire fiscal problems," said Long.

Congressman Long made reducing Federal spending one of his top priorities when he came to Washington. He supports a minimum of $100 billion in cuts to non-security discretionary spending to fund the government through the end of this fiscal year.


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