Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) issued the following statement today after voting against H.R. 1473, the long-term continuing resolution to fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2011:
"Speaker Boehner did an admirable job negotiating the package brought before the House today. I am grateful for the leadership he displayed throughout the negotiating process and for his determination to fight until the bitter end to defend conservative positions.
"While I appreciate the hard work of the Speaker, I could not vote for this long-term continuing resolution. Above all else, it does not even come close to cutting the appropriate amount of spending necessary to attack the fiscal crisis facing our country. With our national debt weighing in at $14 trillion and a budget deficit of more than $1.5 trillion, we have to cut lot more than $39 billion of spending from the federal budget in order to stop the bleeding.
"Fortunately, today was only the first bite of spending apple. I look forward to other opportunities in the weeks and months ahead to cut government spending and begin building a more prosperous country for future generations of Americans."