Today, U.S. Representative Stephen Fincher (R-Frog Jump) voted in favor of the Budget Control Act of 2011. The bill, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives this evening, would cut federal spending more than it increases the debt limit, places a cap on future federal spending and advances a vote on a balanced budget amendment. Following his vote, Congressman Fincher issued the following statement:
"Part of governing is ensuring that I legislate responsibly and in the best interest of the Eighth District of Tennessee. My decision to support the Budget Control Act was by no means easy. I have spent much time listening to my constituents and weighing the positives and negatives of this bill. While I had hoped for additional spending cuts and bolder action, I also understand that we cannot play a game of chicken with the future of our country. I made a commitment to our seniors to continue to protect their Social Security checks and Medicare benefits, to ensure members of the military continue to receive pay their pay, and to create a stable economic environment in order to create the jobs Tennessee so badly needs.
"This bill is far from perfect, but I also realize that these cuts are bigger and bolder than ever before, and a good step in the right direction. Six months ago, President Obama had hoped to pass a clean increase in the debt ceiling without any corresponding cuts to federal spending, and now we have reached a deal that cuts more than it increases the limit, caps federal spending, and advances the balanced budget amendment for the first time in 15 years.
"I came to Congress on the promise that I would change the way we do business in Washington and use common sense ideas to put America back on the right path. Tonight is proof that "business as usual' in Washington is no longer acceptable. President Obama can no longer depend on a blank check from Congress to continue his spending spree.
"We did not get into this mess overnight and it will take a long time to get out. But tonight is another important step in changing the direction of Washington and ensuring that our children and grandchildren are not left with a similar fiscal disaster."