Today Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA) voted for The Budget Control Act of 2011. The bill was introduced after negotiations with President Obama broke down and the Administration failed to produce a deficit reduction plan. Rep. Calvert issued the following statement after The Budget Control Act passed the House 218 to 210.
"A couple of months ago the Administration gave an August 2nd deadline for a debt limit increase. The President then promptly shirked the responsibility of creating or contributing to a plan that would rein in spending and ensure our nation moves back on a path of fiscal discipline. The President has not produced a plan on paper yet continues to demand that any debt limit increase ensure that he gets through the next election.
"In light of the failure of leadership by our President, House Republicans, led by Speaker Boehner (R-OH), introduced and passed two separate bills that would allow for a debt limit increase while also including steep spending cuts. While Republicans were working on real solutions to the federal government's spending addiction, Congressional Democrats reached into their usual playbook and engaged in the same class warfare rhetoric they have used for decades.
"What the Democrats refuse to face is that we do not have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem. Since House Republicans took office we have focused on reining in spending, supporting job producing policies and reducing the size and scope of government. Make no mistake, this bill is not perfect. However it was crafted in a way that we hope will encourage the Senate to move the compromise legislation that cuts spending and does not increase taxes. The goal, which I hope the Senate does not dismiss out of hand or amend unnecessarily, is to present the Budget Control Act to the President for signature. The President will have a choice: will he be the great compromiser he claims to be or will he secure his legacy as the first President to oversee U.S. default on its financial obligations?"