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Rep. Calvert Opposes Irresponsible Democrat Funding Priorities

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Location: Washington, DC


Washington, DC. July 19, 2007 - This week Congressman Ken Calvert (R-Corona) opposed both the Fiscal Year 2008 Energy and Water appropriations bill and the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill.

"Once again, Democrats can't help themselves when it comes to spending the American people's money," said Rep. Calvert. "This is a dangerous trend which will undoubtedly lead to an assertion by the Majority Party that it will be necessary to raise taxes."

The fiscal year 2008 Labor, Health, Human Services and Education appropriations bill provides $152 billion in discretionary funding, an increase of $11 billion over the President's request and $7 billion above the 2007 regular level.

The Energy and Water appropriations bill also exceeded the President's request by $1.1 billion and $1.3 billion more than the FY2007 level.

"Although my congressional district would benefit from both of the appropriations bills, I could not in good conscience support reckless spending which hurts all taxpayers," said Rep. Calvert. "If the President vetoes the spending bills I will vote to sustain the veto."

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