Congressman John Fleming, M.D. (LA-4) issued the following statement after voting for the House Republican budget, which passed today:
"Today I voted for the budget put forward by the Republican Study Committee; a budget that would get us to balance. When it failed, I voted for the Paul Ryan budget, which did pass. The Ryan plan would get us in balance, though not as quickly as the RSC plan or as quickly as Iwould prefer. Neither plan was perfect, but either would accomplish what President Obama and his liberal colleagues haven't even attempted: a balanced budget. Out national debt is nearly $15.6 trillion, and stopping this crisis of spending must be one of the foremost priorities of this Congress.
"For all of the talk from the other side, this process reaffirmed a familiar point. Democrats refused to give a single vote to President Obama's budget, which failed 414-0. And the House also strongly rejected a budget based on the president's deficit commission, a budget that included tax increases. It garnered only 38 votes. Once again, it's clear that they completely lack the political will to lead, and have no plans to change course from the reckless spending that's giving us our fourth straight year of annual deficits that exceed $1 trillion."
Dr. John Fleming is Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs and is a member of the House Armed Services Committee. He is a physician and small businessowner and represents the 4th Congressional District of Louisiana.