Congressman John Fleming, M.D. (LA-4) released the following statement today after voting for the House Republican budget resolution put forth by Rep. Paul Ryan, and voting against the Continuing Resolution that authorizes federal spending through September:
"There was a significant contrast between the two measures voted on today in the House of Representatives. The budget resolution that I supported offered a real plan for balancing the federal budget and putting a stop to heaping further debt on the backs of future generations. Unfortunately, the Continuing Resolution (CR) that I opposed lacked such boldness and had provisions tacked on by Senate Democrats which ensure continued wasteful spending.
"The CR offered leverage to House Republicans, but that opportunity was missed. It could have included essential First Amendment conscience protections to prevent pro-life health care workers from having to participate in abortion services. It also could have included an attempt to repeal Obamacare, which, by the day, becomes more costly, more intrusive, and more of a mortal blow to patient-centered health care. Not only did it leave those out, but Senate Democrats added appropriations that open the door for them to restore unnecessary spending that the House has cut.
"While Senate Democrats and President Obama claim that Washington doesn't have a spending problem and that the answer to our $16.7 trillion national debt is higher taxes, the American people know better. House Republicans must be bold to take the steps that will cut wasteful spending, reform Medicare to save it from going broke, and maintain a strong national defense."
Dr. John Fleming is Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs and is a member of the House Armed Services Committee. He is a physician and small business owner and represents the 4th Congressional District of Louisiana.