Roe Statement on the Budget Control Act of 2011
WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01) issued the following statement on the Budget Control Act:
“The Budget Control Act is by no means perfect—but it is a good first step that is consistent with conservative principles. While I would have preferred larger spending cuts now, this bill immediately cuts spending by $917 billion and does not raise taxes. This bill also guarantees at least $1.2 trillion in additional savings and advances the cause of a Balanced Budget Amendment.
“Although I would have preferred to see Cut, Cap and Balance implemented into law, I believe the Budget Control Act is the best we could have achieved with the current administration.
“For too long, the federal government has recklessly spent way beyond its means, and that is why we are in this position today. Since the American people entrusted House Republicans with the majority last January, we’ve changed the debate from how much we spend to how much we save. Tonight, we make a down payment on realizing these savings. The agreement implements the largest cuts in history, which is a huge victory for the American people. It is my hope this resolution will ultimately create jobs in Tennessee and put our country back on the path to prosperity.”