This week, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar (R-AZ) voted against the Continuing Resolution (H.J. Res. 117), legislation that would increase federal spending by over $4 billion dollars over the next six months. H.J.Res.117 passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 329 -- 91.
"The message from the people of Arizona has never been more clear: crazy runaway spending must stop," said Congressman Gosar. "I voted against this spending bill because it did not cut spending. In fact, it does not even hold the line on spending."
"We are in our fourth year of trillion dollar deficits, and our nation now faces over $16 trillion in debt. The federal government is too big and spends too much money. Congress cannot keep passing spending bills that increase spending--even small increases. Congress made a mistake on this bill: While we must avoid government shutdowns and keep the federal government functioning, it must be done in a responsible and fiscally sustainable way."
The Continuing Resolution (H.J. Res. 117) funds the federal government's operations through March 27, 2013. Instead of cutting federal spending, the bill makes an across-the-board spending increase of 0.6 percent over the base discretionary levels. That rate funds the federal government at a rate higher than the $1.028 trillion limit set by the House Republican budget -- known as the Ryan Budget - passed in the spring of 2012.