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Blackburn Votes to Chart New Course for Fiscal Responsibility


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Marsha Blackburn (TN-7) today issued the following statement in support of the Budget Control Act of 2011:

"This bill is not perfect, but it accomplishes two significant tasks. It gives the American people the security of avoiding the possibility of default and charts a new course for fiscal responsibility. Republicans have stood by our principle that Washington doesn't have a revenue problem -- it has a spending problem.

"This legislation holds us accountable for the decisions we make with the taxpayers' money. I voted for this bill knowing that these spending cuts aren't the first cuts we've achieved, nor will they be the last. This plan will also ensure that we get a clean vote on a Balanced Budget Amendment in both chambers. American families have had to tighten their belts and do more with less -- so should Washington.

"I am frustrated that defense cuts were once again put on the table at the eleventh hour. The men and women of our Armed Forces deserve the full support and backing of Congress. As the select committee looks at cuts, I will work closely with House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon to ensure that these cuts don't come on the backs of our men and women at Ft. Campbell or our National Guard Units. I will be actively watching as we move forward and will fight to make sure we continue to supply these brave servicemen and women, and their families, with the resources they need."

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