CONFERENCE REPORT ON H. CON. RES. 95, CONCURRENT RESOLUTION ON THE BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2006 -- (House of Representatives - April 28, 2005)
Mr. MACK. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to express my strong support for the Conference Report for the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2006.
When I was elected to Congress last year I pledged to the people of Southwest Florida that I would work to help reduce the size and cost of the Federal Government while preserving the services that people need.
For years Congress allowed spending to grow uncontrollably--25 percent since 2001--creating a deficit of almost $500 billion. That's wrong.
If our children and grandchildren are to inherit a free, secure, and prosperous Nation, we must restore fiscal discipline and responsibility.
As a member of the Budget Committee, I am proud to have had a seat at the table as we took a first step forward in this critical effort.
This budget begins to exercise fiscal restraint by slowing the growth of both mandatory and discretionary spending while allowing room to fund our national priorities.
It is the first budget since 1997 to include reconciliation instructions so that we can slow the rate of growth in rapidly expanding mandatory programs. It roughly freezes non-defense, non-homeland security discretionary spending. At the same time, it provides ample resources for our defense abroad and security at home.
I congratulate the Chairman and the Conference Committee for ensuring these elements remain in the budget, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to achieve a balanced budget that funds our national priorities without raising taxes.
Mr. Speaker, I urge my colleagues to vote for this resolution.