Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) announced today that the passage of the FY2011 budget is good news for the Tennessee Valley and America.
"In absolute dollars, this budget is the largest spending cut in American history. Equally important, it properly prioritizes national defense and NASA," said Brooks. "The defense budget increases 5 billion dollars, enabling our military to better equip and protect our warfighters who face wars on three fronts. It eliminates the untenable situation whereby our men and women are fighting for America but not getting paid. This budget reopens doors to jobs in North Alabama by allowing numerous defense and NASA contracts to move forward."
Congressman Brooks continued, "With significant cuts taking place in almost every program, NASA fared relatively well, suffering cuts of less than one percent. Great news for the Tennessee Valley is that the bill requires a new 130 ton heavy lift vehicle, guaranteeing that Marshall Space Flight Center will continue to be pivotal in human spaceflight."
Brooks added, "It's important to keep our eye on the goal, which is minimizing the risk of a federal government bankruptcy caused by our 1.6 trillion dollar deficit. This bill is just one battle in a long fight against out-of-control spending. We resume the fight tomorrow when we vote on an FY 2012 budget that will slash spending by hundreds of billions of dollars."
H.R. 1473, Making Appropriations for Department of Defense and Other Departments and Agencies for FY2011 was passed on Thursday, April 14, at 3 p.m., by a vote of 260 -- 167.