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Citing Nation's Debt, Hatch Opposes Government Funding Bill

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Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) voted against legislation that would fund the government through March 2013 saying it spends too much money when America's debt is already over $16 trillion.

"Despite the best efforts by my colleagues in the House who drafted this legislation, it frankly just spends too much money at a time when our debt is over $16 trillion. Unfortunately, we are forced to take up this bill, because the President's party doesn't think it needs to do the basic functions of Congress -- namely pass annual appropriations bills or even a budget. This is unacceptable," said Hatch. "We have to do better for our children, our grandchildren and the future of our nation. The way we stop passing the buck is by passing a common-sense Balanced Budget Amendment to the constitution that would force Washington to live within its means -- just like Utah families do. It's time to do what's right to reform Washington and stop the spending binge that is a weight around the neck of our economy."

The legislation, known as a Continuing Resolution, would fund the government through March 2013, but that includes $9 billion in additional spending than what was included in the budget resolution that the House of Representatives passed earlier this year.

A longtime champion of a Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) to the Constitution, Hatch is the lead sponsor on a BBA that garnered the support of every single Senate Republican.

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