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Statement on the Passage of the Budget Control Act


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) issued the following statement after the vote on the Budget Control Act:

"On Monday, I joined 268 of my House colleagues in passing the Budget Control Act. I am glad to have voted with so many conservative members willing to fight hard to cut spending and move towards balancing our federal budget. This is due in large part to conservative Tea Party groups which have effectively transformed the debate and focused the nation and lawmakers on reining in out-of-control spending. No longer is Congress talking about tax hikes on small businesses and new "stimulus" plans. The debate and the votes before Congress are now focused entirely on what to cut and how much to cut. Passing the Budget Control Act was the first step towards turning years of talk into action.

Up until this year, House conservatives have never had a majority to make the cuts we made today. That is why I joined such stalwarts of the conservative movement like my friends Paul Ryan, Jeb Hensarling, Mike Pence, and Tom Price to make good on our promise to do everything we could to prevent economic calamity, reassure the financial markets, and begin making the necessary cuts that will eventually put us on a more sustainable long-term path of economic growth.

Yesterday's vote was a big step towards the goal of capping spending and balancing the budget. In fact, because of the steadfastness of conservatives, we will be voting on a stand-alone balanced budget amendment. It also provides for a process to ensure that we get even more cuts next year, either via the debt panel or through triggered, across-the-board cuts. In fact, this is the first time a debt ceiling increase has ever been accompanied by cuts of any kind to the budget. This all happens while not raising taxes.

In the months ahead, I look forward to working with my colleagues to build support for passing a balanced budget amendment and finally sending it to the states for ratification. This is not the end of the fight for fiscal responsibility. This is the beginning."

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