Fleischmann Says Bipartisan Budget Act Is Modest Step Toward Reforming Spending; DesJarlais Is Opposed

Thursday, December 12, 2013

The House of Representatives on Thursday night passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, and District 3 Congressman Chuck Fleischmann called it "a modest step toward reforming spending and setting our government on a more stable path." However, District 4 Congressman Scott DesJarlais was opposed.

The bill passed 332-94.

Rep. Fleischmann said, "This agreement maintains sequester savings while also reforming the mandatory spending which is driving our national debt.  In fact, this bill has a $23 billion net deficit reduction and ensures we will not shut down the government in 2014.

 “While this bill is not perfect, it is a step in the right direction.  For the first time since I have been in Congress, we will finally return to a regular appropriations process, an important step to ending the cycle of governing from crisis to crisis.  I hope the Senate will quickly pass this bill so we can continue moving toward the real spending reform our nation so desperately needs.”

Rep. DesJarlais said, “Not only does this budget deal fail to adequately address our nation’s debt and deficit, it trades real spending cuts for the promise of future reductions. Further, this bill raises taxes under the guise of increasing user fees. My constituents are adamantly opposed to the idea of sending more of their money to Washington to pay for further government expansion.

 

“This budget does not reflect the independent, conservative values we hold in Tennessee’s Fourth Congressional District. Rather, this plan extends the unacceptable status quo I was elected to fight against. Tennesseans are tired of career politicians who put more faith in manufactured poll numbers and the advice of high-priced political consultants than the views of their constituents.”

 





“Not only does this budget deal fail to adequately address our nation’s debt and deficit, it trades real spending cuts for the promise of future reductions. Further, this bill raises taxes under the guise of increasing user fees. My constituents are adamantly opposed to the idea of sending more of their money to Washington to pay for further government expansion.

 

“This budget does not reflect the independent, conservative values we hold in Tennessee’s Fourth Congressional District. Rather, this plan extends the unacceptable status quo I was elected to fight against. Tennesseans are tired of career politicians who put more faith in manufactured poll numbers and the advice of high-priced political consultants than the views of their constituents.”

“Not only does this budget deal fail to adequately address our nation’s debt and deficit, it trades real spending cuts for the promise of future reductions. Further, this bill raises taxes under the guise of increasing user fees. My constituents are adamantly opposed to the idea of sending more of their money to Washington to pay for further government expansion.

 

“This budget does not reflect the independent, conservative values we hold in Tennessee’s Fourth Congressional District. Rather, this plan extends the unacceptable status quo I was elected to fight against. Tennesseans are tired of career politicians who put more faith in manufactured poll numbers and the advice of high-priced political consultants than the views of their constituents.”


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