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Opposing Democratic Party, Patrick Murphy Votes Against Budget

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Location: Washington, DC

Opposing Democratic Party, Patrick Murphy Votes Against Budget

Saying it Didn't Do Enough to Protect Middle Class Tax Cuts or Rein in Out-of-Control Spending, 8th District Congressman Broke With his Party and Opposed the Budget

$30,000 Average Share of the National Debt Held by Everyone in America

Today, Pennsylvania Congressman Patrick Murphy (D-8th District) broke ranks with Democratic Party leaders and voted against a budget plan saying it did not do enough to guarantee middle class tax cuts or rein in spending. As a nation at war and facing record debt, Rep. Murphy believes that more should be done to get the nation's fiscal house in order. While the priorities are much improved over the budget proposed by President Bush, the Democratic budget still contains too much spending, particularly non-defense discretionary spending. The budget Murphy opposed also does not do enough to guarantee tax cuts to middle class families. This is the second year in a row that Rep. Murphy has broken with Democratic leaders and stood on principle when the budget came up for a vote.

"We are a nation at war, a nation in debt and right now, the middle class is doing the heavy lifting. Fiscal responsibility is a moral contract to the next generation and I voted my conscience," said Congressman Patrick Murphy. "In Washington, breaking ranks is never popular, but I promised the families in the 8th District that I would be an independent voice for them. That pledge is especially critical when it comes to finding a balance between fiscal discipline and government spending."

Rep. Murphy believes that, while implementing Pay-As-You-Go budgeting and cutting the number and dollar amount for earmarks by nearly half have been steps in the right direction, there is more work to do. By reducing non-defense discretionary spending, we can start to fix our nation's record deficits. If we eliminate interest payments on the debt we owe to other nations we can place more of an emphasis on priorities like alternative energy, health care and education.

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