Roe Statement on Senator Reid Plan
WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01) issued the following statement on legislation put forth by Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-NV):
“The House has passed two proposals that would clean up our country’s fiscal mess by cutting trillions of dollars in wasteful spending, restrain future out-of-control spending and allow the government to pay its bills. Unfortunately, the Democratic-controlled Senate would not even allow a debate on the legislation. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his Democrat colleagues voted for a procedural motion to kill the legislation. This country cannot afford to default on its debt because President Obama and some in Congress are playing politics.
“I voted against Senator Reid's plan because it gives the president a blank check to continue his domestic spending spree, while doing nothing to address our out-of-control deficit. Even more troubling, this legislation hacks away at the resources needed by our Armed Forces to keep America safe, which will directly impact our military readiness over the next decade.
“The budgets the House has passed cancels President Obama’s credit card. It creates the conditions necessary for businesses to flourish. It shrinks our government. And most importantly, it halts three years of neglect to our Armed Forces.”
The U.S. House of Representatives voted down the Reid plan by a vote of 173-246.
Several of our nation’s top military commanders have echoed concern about Reid’s plan: