Congressman Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) today released the following statement after voting against the FY 2012 Homeland Security Appropriations bill:
"While I firmly believe that we have a strong constitutional obligation to protect our homeland against threats both domestic and international, we could have taken more initiative in cutting programs within the department that are either inefficient or unnecessary. Trimming $1.5 billion from last fiscal year's $41 billion dollar budget is meaningless compared to where we need to be in light of the economic emergency this nation is facing. If we meant business, a modest 10% cut would have been a good starting point to show that the 112th Congress is serious about fulfilling their promises."