Rep. Joe Barton (R-Arlington/Ennis) released the following statement after he voted for the Budget Control Act on Monday evening. It passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 269 to 161.
"This bill is a good step, but it's just a first step in the effort to fundamentally change the way Washington does business. This does not balance the budget, but it does make it more difficult -- if not impossible - to continue to increase spending.
"Republicans are absolutely committed to not allowing any tax increases and fighting the fight on spending reduction.
"This bill caps discretionary spending. Now we need to immediately begin efforts to reform entitlements and create enough jobs to increase revenue so that we can reduce the deficit and balance the budget -- which is the true bottom line.
"To make sure these words have some teeth, I worked with negotiators and had them insert an enforcement trigger that protect taxpayers. It would require a "Super Majority" vote (three-fifths) to override the spending caps or automatic sequester (budget cuts) prescribed in this bill. My efforts should literally save trillions of dollars over the next 10 years.
"I'm committed to this cause. This isn't the end of the fight. It's the beginning. The hard work has just started. Balancing the budget won't be easy, but we have to do it for our nation's financial future."