Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Westmoreland Opposes Fiscally Irresponsible Bill

Today, the House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 3082, the Full-Year FY11 Continuing Resolution and Food Safety bill. Each year, Congress is tasked with drafting and passing 12 appropriations packages to fund the federal government. This year, congressional Democrats were unable to pass and sign into law a single one of the appropriations bills. Instead, they opted to put forth a full-year continuing resolution – an omnibus package of all twelve spending bills as well as the controversial food safety legislation with a more than $3 trillion price tag. Below is Congressman Westmoreland’s statement on his opposition to this legislation.

“Somehow, even with large majorities in both the House and the Senate, congressional Democrats failed to accomplish the most basic task of Congress this year – funding the federal government. Instead, they were much too busy spending trillions of taxpayer dollars on the massive over-regulation of our financial system, on the take over our health care system, and on bail outs for big banks and big labor. And now, even after the shellacking they took on Election Night, congressional Democrats have continued down their path of ignored procedures and massive spending bills that no American could truly comprehend.

“This so-called ‘continuing resolution’ is a farce and a slap in the face of every American. Continuing resolutions are generally used to provide short-term funding for the federal government when additional time is needed to find a compromise between the parties. However, Democrats have chosen to put forth a year-long ‘continuing resolution’ in an effort to evade hearings and markups on each appropriations bill that would have most certainly shed light on their bloated, wasteful pet projects. I will be a resounding NO on this legislation and am disappointed in my colleagues on the other side for their continued failure to properly govern this country,” stated Westmoreland.

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