Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tn.) on Tuesday released the following statement on his vote against bringing the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill to the Senate floor:
“We can get down to business any time the Democrats want to follow the law and appropriate correctly under the Budget Control Act that Congress passed to limit spending.”
The Budget Control Act, which Congress passed in 2011, placed limits on discretionary spending, which makes up about 36 percent of the federal budget. Senator Alexander also said that Congress must address entitlement spending, such as Medicare and Medicaid.
He said, “Congress and the president must also be willing to make tough decisions to deal with out-of-control entitlement spending, which soaks up money for other priorities and leaves young Americans to be forever known as the debt-paying generation.”