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House Passes Fiscally Responsible Budget

Location: Washington, DC

House Passes Fiscally Responsible Budget

Diaz-Balart Helps Defeat Attempts to Raise Taxes and Increase Spending

WASHINGTON- On the House floor today, Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), a member of the House Budget Committee, controlled time and led debate to defeat a Democrat amendment which would have massively raised taxes, increased spending and reduce defense spending. Later, the House passed a responsible federal budget which provides the fiscal blueprint for the nation's needs and priorities.

"It would be easy, but irresponsible, to raise taxes and spend even more taxpayer money, as the Democrats have proposed in Committee and on the House floor," Diaz-Balart said. "President Bush continues to show the will to make responsible fiscal decisions, and Congress is following his example.

"In Committee, I helped defeat Democrat amendments which would have totaled more than $392 billion in tax increases and more than $61 billion in additional spending," Diaz-Balart continued. "Clearly, when the budget is more than $2.5 trillion even with spending restraint, there is too much money in Washington.

"This budget closely follows President Bush's fiscal leadership. He provided us a fiscally responsible blueprint of our nation's needs - especially regarding the areas of defense and homeland security," Diaz-Balart concluded. "I will continue to work with President Bush to make sure our nation's priorities are properly funded while remaining committed to halving the deficit in five years."

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