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Rep. McKinley's Statement on Thursday's Budget Vote

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"The House Republican budget is a serious plan that recognizes the danger of the federal government's unsustainable spending. It addresses important reforms that represent a step in the right direction, including:

* Balancing the budget in 10 years. I have consistently supported a balanced budget, and voted for a Balanced Budget Amendment and the Cut, Cap, and Balance Plan.

* Making necessary reforms to welfare, food stamps, and Medicaid.

* Focusing on duplicative and wasteful programs identified by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

* Defunding Obama Care.

"While this plan is better than other options put forward, which raise taxes and still fail to balance our budget, I have concerns with some issues of vital importance to the First District which were not adequately addressed:

* The House budget includes the Keystone pipeline and opens federal lands to energy exploration, but is silent on coal ash legislation and value of research in fossil fuels.

* The budget leaves in place $716 billion in cuts to Medicare

* The budget lacks reform to foreign aid, but will hurt America's investments in our own infrastructure.

* The budget fails to adequately protect agencies and programs important to the First District, including the FBI and NIOSH, from disproportionate cuts.

"The people of the First District sent me to Congress to represent everybody, not just one political party. With every decision and action I take in Congress, I keep this in mind. Unfortunately, too many people in Washington don't think this way and get caught up in partisan gamesmanship."

"The House and Senate budgets have become prime examples of this dysfunctional gridlock. I came to Congress to get something done, not send political messages. Any solution to the challenges this country faces, whether it is deficit reduction, tax reform, or reforms to welfare or Medicare, will need to be bipartisan in nature. Unfortunately both the House and Senate budgets fail that fundamental test."

"Once each side passes its respective budget, House and Senate representatives should come together at the negotiating table in a bipartisan fashion. At that time I hope Republicans and Democrats agree on a compromise that addresses the unsustainable spending by the federal government and provides fiscal certainty for our families and businesses. Once a bipartisan compromise is achieved I will evaluate it for my support."

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