Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle issued the following statement after the House of Representatives voted on another temporary funding measure providing resources to the Federal government through December 16, 2011. Along with this Continuing Resolution, the vote encompassed three annual appropriations bills covering Agriculture, Commerce-Justice-Science, and Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development.
"Today, I voted against a Continuing Resolution that was another short-term fix to a much larger problem. This bill had many features that I support, but the overall legislation is not representative of the leadership that the American public deserves. I came to Washington to stop wasteful and excessive government spending. Today's Continuing Resolution was another example of budgetary mismanagement."
"I cannot support a bill that contains more handouts for government sponsored entities like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. We cannot afford to throw good money after bad and expect better results."
"Washington needs to enact a budget that will implement meaningful reform. Unfortunately, the Senate's failure to pass a budget stands in the way of a responsible fiscal plan. Our nation needs a long-term strategy."
"We must reach a budget agreement that includes spending reforms. Our nation needs a budget that provides the private sector the certainty it needs to grow and create jobs. That is what will help our economy recover. Without predictability, the American economy will continue to struggle."