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Congressman Matt Gaetz

Representing the 1st District of Florida

Congressman Matt Gaetz Votes ‘No’ on Bipartisan Budget Act

February 9, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) today issued the following statement in response to the Bipartisan Budget Act, which passed the House 240–186:

“The Bipartisan Budget Act raises the Budget Control Act cap on defense spending — something I strongly support, and which I have voted for on three separate occasions. Unfortunately, this important boost in military funding came at much too high a price: vast increases in wasteful non-defense spending, permanent trillion-dollar deficits, and no fiscal sanity anywhere on the horizon. Worse still is the fact that it does not provide the military with a full year of funding: it is another short-term spending bill that forces the armed forces to operate under another month-long continuing resolution. This hemorrhages military readiness, and it is no way to govern.

The most important job of Congress is to provide for the common defense of the United States, and I will always do everything possible to support the men and women of America’s armed forces. But threats to the United States are not limited to foreign foes — trillion-dollar annual deficits, coupled with our existing twenty-trillion-dollar national debt, threaten America too. This bill brings America close to the edge of a fiscal cliff, burying future generations under a mountain of debt from which they will never be able to escape. We cannot continue borrowing more than a million dollars a minute from foreign governments in order to pay for Washington’s spending addiction. I will always support the brave men and women of America’s military, but supporting the armed forces cannot and should not come at the cost of America’s future.”

 

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