U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) Tuesday issued the following statement on the Budget Control Act of 2011:
“Kansans have the right to know the truth. The truth is this plan does not offer a solution to the underlying problem of our crisis today: our government’s out-of-control spending. Even if fully enacted, it only slows the growth of spending, and that just barely. This plan will reduce spending by $21 billion next year. But given that we spend $4 billion more than we take in each day – those savings will disappear in less than a week.
“In March, I informed President Obama that I would not vote to raise the debt ceiling in the absence of substantial reductions in spending and structural changes to the way we do business in Washington, D.C. This plan does neither.
“Our national debt now stands at more than $14 trillion, but under this plan, our debt will continue to grow and will reach $22 trillion in ten years. Over the next three decades, our debt will become more than three times the size of our entire economy.
“This plan also ignores the stark warnings from credit rating agencies, which stated a $4 trillion deficit reduction plan would be necessary to prevent a downgrade in the U.S. credit rating.
“Unfortunately, business as usual continues in Washington today, and solving the problem was pushed off for yet another day. This plan might be considered a good ‘deal’ in Washington – but it is not good for the future of America.”
On the other hand, Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.) issued this press release:
Monday, the House of Representatives, with the support of Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins, passed the Budget Control Act. This legislation provides a responsible solution to the debt limit deadline, stays true to her conservative principles, makes substantial cuts to the bloated federal budget, and lays out a path to getting our nation’s fiscal house in order without raising taxes on the American people.
Congresswoman Jenkins released the following statement after voting in support of the bi-partisan Budget Control Act:
“Just a few months ago the Administration was requesting business as usual in Washington, as they promoted an increase of the debt limit without any consideration for spending controls, but the American people and the People’s House stood up and said enough is enough. Enough wasteful Washington spending. Enough piling more and more debt on our children. Enough empty promises.”
“Today, we have officially begun to change the culture in Washington. Leadership means saying no when no is the right answer and saying yes when yes is the right answer. Today, after months of wrangling for the best deal possible in a divided Washington, it’s time to say yes. We have passed a bill that avoids a default, cuts nearly a trillion dollars from our bloated federal budget, lays out a plan to cut trillions more, requires an up or down vote on a Balanced Budget Amendment and all without increasing a single American’s taxes. This plan isn’t perfect, but it is an important first step as we continue to fight to reform Washington and get our nation on a course toward financial accountability.”