Congressman Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) issued the following statement today regarding his vote on the final government funding bill for Fiscal Year 2011, H.R. 1473:
"Last November, the American people sent a clear and powerful message to Congress: We must get our fiscal house in order and restore financial stability, spending discipline and protect the economic future of our children and grandchildren.
"Speaker Boehner spear-headed a bipartisan effort last week and I applaud his hard work while trying make sure our military families are paid on time. However, after carefully reviewing the details of the final 2011 funding bill, I cannot support it because it simply does not go far enough in addressing our spending problem. Cutting the budget by $39 billion against a $14 trillion deficit is like using a pocket knife instead of a chainsaw to cut a tree down -- it does not cut far enough or fast enough.
"I voted against today's agreement because we can and must do better. The American taxpayer, whether they live in Oregon, Florida or West Texas, deserve no less. It is also important to remember we arrived at this point in history because of the inaction by the Democrats while they held both the White House and Congress in their grip, enthralled with power while completely ignoring out-of-control federal spending.
"Congress can do better. We must listen to the American people and vigorously attack Washington's culture of reckless spending. I look forward to working with House Leadership as we begin to work on the 2012 budget."