Congressman Ben Quayle (R-AZ) released the following statement Tuesday after voting for the three-week continuing resolution:
"I came to Washington with simple goals in mind: getting the economy going again and creating jobs. We must rein in out-of-control government spending and remove the tentacles of burdensome federal regulation and bureaucracy from the marketplace in order to meet these goals. Therefore, at the end of the day, I am going to take every opportunity to cut wasteful spending. To be sure, I am no fan of these short-term measures. The formidable fiscal challenges we face require that we take bold and decisive action, not short-term measures. However, I am confident that this short-term bill will be the last. The House and Senate must come together on a funding billthat will last through September 30 so we can address the real drivers of our debt, especially entitlements and the tax code.
"The most puzzling and frustrating development during the ongoing budget debate has been the utter lack of leadership coming from the White House. House Republicans and even some moderate Senate Democrats have been waiting at the negotiating table while the head of the table remains vacant. The American public deserves to know where the White House stands on these budget negotiations. Even Vice President Joe Biden--the president's chief "negotiator' on the issue--took off last week for an overseas trip after just one meeting on the budget. The decisions we make in the coming weeks and months will likely define this country for generations. The Administration must get off the sidelines and work with House Republicans on these critical issues."