Today, Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) issued the following statement regarding his vote against the "Fiscal Cliff" Deal drafted by the Senate:
"The biggest problem Washington has is massive overspending. Unfortunately, the pork-laden Senate bill passed by a majority of Democrats in the House Tuesday night did nothing to address the root of our bloated debt problem: this out-of-control spending.
Back in August, the U.S. House voted to prevent the largest tax increase in American history on every single American and I agreed. Right now, the federal government is borrowing trillions of dollars from China for spending that this Senate Deal did not do anything to fix. Our children and grandchildren are on the hook for this debt that is growing by the minute.
The Senate has refused to pass a budget of its own for three and a half years, even refused to pass the President's proposed budgets, and failed to bring any of the budgets passed by the House to a vote by the Senate members.
The U.S. House has cut our administrative budgets by over 11% over the past two years. Having done so, we have the moral authority to demand that the rest of the federal government do the same. It's time to stop playing these kick the can games and demand serious spending cuts."