Congresswoman Buerkle (NY-25) released the following statement regarding the Consolidated Appropriations Act.
"Every vote I cast is on behalf of my constituents. I promised them that I would be a responsible legislator. I made a commitment to review all legislation thoroughly before voting on it, and I stand by that commitment," said Rep. Buerkle.
"Congress had less than twenty-four hours to see the text of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, and that is not enough time to review a two-thousand page piece of legislation."
"It is imperative that lawmakers understand the legislation they are voting on and how it will impact their district. There is a disconnect between the way Washington thinks and the way the American people think."
"One of the many reasons I oppose President Obama's Health Care Law is that it was a 2,200 page bill forced through Congress without the proper review process."
"I ran for Congress because Washington needs to be fixed. It is broken. Most people can agree that the legislative process must be improved. I was sent here to be a part of the solution, not the problem. Voting for a two-thousand page bill without having the time to review it properly would be irresponsible."
The Consolidated Appropriations Act passed the House with a vote of 296-121. It now moves to the Senate for further action.