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Hartzler Says "Enough" to More Government Borrowing and More Cuts to Defense; Votes "No" on Debt Ceiling Agreement

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Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) has taken a stand for fiscal discipline and a strong national defense, voting against the latest bill to increase the nation's debt ceiling.

"I appreciate House Speaker John Boehner's rejection of liberal demands for a blank check debt limit increase and liberal calls for tax increases, but the solution approved by Congress and sent to President Obama dramatically cuts our national defense," said Hartzler. "This agreement strips $350 billion from the Base Defense Budget and has the Obama Administration bragging that this is, "the first defense cut since the 1990's.' The package also leaves the door open to the possibility of $500 billion in defense cuts down the road. This is unacceptable! The simple truth is that the United States Constitution requires the federal government to do only a handful of things -- the most important of which is to provide for our national defense."

"I also have concerns about a watered-down Balanced Budget Amendment provision," continued Hartzler. "This agreement forces a vote on the Balanced Budget Amendment, but does not require it to pass and be sent to the states for ratification. I worked hard to include language requiring not only a vote on a BBA, but for the House and Senate to pass the Amendment and send it to the states. Only a Balanced Budget Amendment can force Washington to live within its means as American families must do. It is only through spending discipline that America can secure its future economic freedom."

"Despite my opposition to this legislation, I am pleased that Republicans are changing the debate in Washington," concluded Hartzler. "We will continue to work to control spending, solve America's huge debt problem, and balance our budget."

Vicky Hartzler was elected to Congress on November 2, 2010. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Agriculture Committee.


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