U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, PA-10, voted on Thursday to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year while defunding health care reform and Planned Parenthood.
Marino voted in favor of H.R. 1473, a measure that cuts more than $38 billion in federal spending while funding the government through the end of September. The House approved the measure by a 260-167 vote.
Marino also voted in favor to defund Planned Parenthood (passed by a 241-185 vote) and to defund the health care reform (passed by a 240-185 vote).
H.R. 1473 is the budget agreement reached last weekend that averts a government shutdown and ensures the military is paid through fiscal year 2011. Marino said the resolution contains provisions that represent major victories for fiscal conservatism but more importantly, paves the way for more severe spending cuts.
"While this agreement is only a small step in the right direction, it represents an enormous change in Washington's traditional ways of spending far outside its means," Marino said. "These cuts set the stage for addressing fiscal year 2012, when we start chopping trillions --not billions -- of dollars from the federal budget. It took us decades to reach these historic debt and deficit levels, and we will not undo this mess overnight, but this agreement starts us on the right path."
Aside from the spending cuts and funding the military, H.R. 1473 defunds four of the Obama "czars;" bans taxpayer funding of abortions in the District of Columbia; terminates funding for more inefficient Department of Education programs; and ends the binge spending that accompanied the federal stimulus.
"It forces Harry Reid to address issues that he previously wouldn't even consider," Marino said. "The Senate will now hold up-or-down votes on repealing ObamaCare; ending taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood; and terminating any additional funding to the IRS to enforce ObamaCare.
"Americans who do not think these cuts went far enough need to keep in mind that the 2011 budget mess was the responsibility of the previous Congress, and the new Congress has only had limited time to clean it up. It's time to put this issue to rest and move on to the real reasons we came to Washington.
Marino is now focused on Rep. Paul Ryan's "Path to Prosperity," a budget proposal for fiscal year 2012. He described Ryan's proposal as a "sound blueprint" that will begin the process that puts the nation on solid financial footing.