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  • POLITICS BLOG: Members of Kansas delegation support Boehner's debt bill

  • Friday, the House of Representatives passed the Budget Control Act, which provides a two tiered approach to the debt limit extension while staying true to the conservative principles in the Cut Cap and Balance Act.

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  • Friday, the House of Representatives passed the Budget Control Act, which provides a two tiered approach to the debt limit extension while staying true to the conservative principles in the Cut Cap and Balance Act.
    Governor Sam Brownback, Senator Pat Roberts, Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins, Congressman Mike Pompeo, and Congressman Kevin Yoder released the following statements after the House passage of the plan.
    While it is does not meet 100 percent of any of their objectives among the plans on the table, the Budget Control Act, introduced by House Speaker John Boehner, they believe is a responsible way forward for the United States to meet its financial obligations and avoid a crippling lowering of our credit rating, while making substantial strides toward cutting spending and getting our nation’s fiscal House in order. 
    BROWNBACK: “The Budget Control Act of 2011 is a first step in the right direction toward fiscal responsibility.  I appreciate the hard work of our Kansas Delegation on this issue.”
    ROBERTS: “I applaud the House for moving forward with this plan to address the need to avoid default on the national debt and all of the very serious problems that it would involve,” said Roberts. “In my view, the House took an important first step in addressing our national debt and the obvious need to stop spending money we don’t have, and without raising taxes. More steps must be taken in order to get our fiscal house in order and to prevent bankruptcy to the critical programs so vital to our seniors. It’s disappointing that Majority Leader Reid, while first endorsing this initial step, has now proposed an alternative plan that simply does not contain real debt reduction. Meanwhile, President Obama remains on the sidelines.”
    JENKINS (KS-02): “The Budget Control Act is a commonsense plan, negotiated in good faith that addresses our debt problem by making substantial short-term and long-term cuts without raising taxes and preserving the full faith and credit of the United States. This two tiered approach is based on the principles of Cap, Cut and Balance that failed to clear the Senate last week. Though this bill does not address entitlement spending as I would have preferred, I believe it is a big first step in the direction of solving a problem it took our nation 235 years to reach.”
    POMPEO (KS-04):  "Today I voted for a bill that for the first time in decades begins to reverse the radical job-killing spending spree that has been dramatically accelerated by our current President.  The Budget Control Act honors the commitments we made when we were sent here:  We said we would not raise taxes.  It does not.  We said that we would not increase the debt limit beyond real spending reduction.  This bill does not.  We have cut.  We have capped and with the support of the Senate, we will balance. 
    Page 2 of 2 - “I am well aware that this bill remains necessarily insufficient. It does not complete the broader mission because liberal Democrats still hold control of Washington.  Our struggle to combat the out-of-control spending enacted by this President will last for years as we continue to cut spending and, in turn, lower the debt.  House Republicans remain steadfast in adhering to our principles and will continue to hold this Republic together by ending the spending addiction that has afflicted this town for decades.”
    YODER (KS-03): “While the Senate rearranges deck chairs on the Titanic, the House is charting a course to avoid the looming iceberg of debt and overspending that will sink our nation.  Today’s bill is a good first step that meets the President’s request to raise the debt ceiling, in exchange for responsible spending reductions and reforms to get our fiscal house in order.”

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