Today, Congressman Upton (R- St. Joseph) voted in support of the House budget proposal (H.Con.Res. 112) for Fiscal Year 2013. The resolution passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 228 to 191 and now awaits consideration in the Senate, which has failed to adopt a budget for over 1000 days. Yesterday, by a bipartisan vote of 414 to 0, the House voted unanimously to reject the President's $3.8 trillion budget.
"The House Republican budget takes the responsible and necessary steps to put our nation's fiscal house back in order through real cuts and long term reforms," stated Upton. "Families in southwest Michigan are already making tough choices with their own budgets -- it is time for the federal government to do the same. We cannot afford to get by spending trillions we do not have and passing that debt along to future generations."
Through a number of provisions the House budget would also reform the broken tax code to make it simple, fair, and competitive; put the federal government back on the path to a balanced budget; prevent deep and indiscriminate cuts to the national defense; and protect and strengthen Medicare for current retirees and future generations.