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Rep. Hall votes against stop-gap spending bill in House

WASHINGTON D.C. – Rockwall Rep. Ralph Hall was one of 54 Republican U.S. House members and 104 Democrats who voted yesterday against another stop-gap spending bill, while Congress and the White House continue to negotiate an agreement that will fund the rest of fiscal year (FY) 2011.

Despite their opposition, the bill passed 271-158.

If approved by the Senate, the latest short-term budget bill would fund the government for three weeks, until April 8, and cut $6 billion from 2010 levels.

“While I support the spending cuts in this CR, I cannot in good conscience vote for this bill,” said Hall. “Our economy is in serious jeopardy, and continuing a pattern of two- and three-week bills to fund our government is not acceptable. We need a long-term budget. These CRs are piecemeal and do not do enough to address spending cuts, the national deficit, or job creation.”

“On March 4th I voted for the CR because I felt it was a step toward a final budget, providing an additional two weeks for both the House and Senate to come to an agreement. Despite this additional two-week extension, negotiations with the White House were impossible because the President left town.”

“I made a pledge to change the direction we are taking our country. I take this seriously. My ultimate priorities are to create jobs, cut out-of-control spending, and balance our budget. Another short-term CR is not an effective solution to these issues. This CR also does not address the defunding of ObamaCare or Planned Parenthood, which is a major concern not only to myself, but also to many of my constituents. I am told the Tea Party leaders contend that the language of this CR, if enacted, leaves on the table $105.5 billion in automatically appropriated funds for the law’s implementation.

“If we don’t take action, the present state of our economy will bring additional hardships on American families and small businesses, and jeopardize our children’s futures. I am committed to promoting job creation through cutting federal spending, and I will continue to work for a final and lasting budget that meets the needs of the American people and continues attacks on Obama Healthcare. I will cast my vote in a manner that reflects this conviction.”

 

“For the past two years the Democrats have refused to pass a budget. This is unacceptable. We cannot shirk our duty to the American people. The President has said that we need to work together. I agree, and I would urge him, along with the Democratic-controlled Senate, to work with the House to pass a long-term budget. Last month the House passed H.R. 1, which funds the federal government for the rest of FY 2011 and would cut $100 billion in federal spending. The House still awaits an offer from the Senate.

By J.J. Smith, Publisher

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