U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on his vote to support the Senate's continuing resolution funding the federal government through Sept. 30, 2013.
"I voted for this legislation because it reduces spending in 36 percent of the budget to 2008 spending levels," Alexander said. "It's an improvement over the House bill because it includes five appropriations bills, which provide important flexibility for dealing with the across the board cuts required by sequestration -- including in the Defense Department. The challenge now is the out-of-control, automatic spending increases in mandatory entitlements, which are growing at two to three times the rate of inflation and threaten Medicare and other programs that seniors depend upon."
The bill originated in the House of Representatives, was amended today by the Senate, and must be voted on by the House again. The Senate version provides additional oversight of and flexibility to more departments than the original House bill.