Today, Congressman Rick Crawford (R-AR), voted "NO" on the House Republican Budget Resolution because the legislation does not contain permanent spending controls. Crawford issued the following response to his vote:
"When I told voters in my district that I will stand firm for permanent spending controls, I was serious. I applaud Representative Ryan's budget resolution that aims to balance the budget, but I cannot support non-binding resolutions that will be changed with each new Congress. I voted against the Republican non-binding budget resolution to bring attention to Congress's continued reliance on policies that have clearly failed and to call on my colleagues to focus instead on passing permanent spending controls. During each of the past three decades, Congress has made numerous attempts to control spending with non-binding budget resolutions and deficit control acts yet debt has skyrocketed. It is time to wake up to the harsh reality that another non-binding budget resolution is doomed to the same failed result that previous resolutions yielded -- a short-term sugar high from temporary deficit reduction followed by rapidly growing debt and entitlement spending. It is time for Congress to get serious about the debt crisis and economic growth and pass permanent spending controls that will put America on a genuine path to prosperity."
Crawford has been a consistent advocate for permanent spending controls, like a Balanced Budget Amendment, that would fundamentally change how Congress spends money.