Kansas Republican Rep. Tim Huekskamp will vote against the Obama-Boehner Continuing Resolution deal on 2011 spending. In a lengthy statement released late yesterday, Huelskamp, who also voted against the previous CR, explained why he will again go against the House GOP leadership:
“The traditional laws of addition and subtraction must not apply in Washington. A deeper calculation of this spending ‘deal’ using figures available from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reveals that this actually only saves $352 million in direct spending," Huelskamp said.
"With 308 million people in the United States, that’s a savings of $1.14 per person, enough to buy one item at the dollar store. By comparison, the federal government has $45,931 in debt per person," he said.
“In the last two hours, the country has borrowed about $352 million, so we’re making no progress in getting out of the red. The American people are looking for meaningful reductions that actually will make a difference to our $1.6 trillion deficit and our $14.3 trillion of debt. Therefore, I will vote against the spending deal for 2011.”
“Beyond the cost, this spending ‘deal’ lacks about two dozen important policy provisions agreed to in H.R. 1. Only one of the five important pro-life riders made it in. There are no measures to stop the job-killing EPA and to defund Obamacare entirely; without these riders, we are simply stalling and impeding America’s economic recovery. The EPA and this administration have made it known that they are willing to put special interests ahead of creating jobs.”
“In a few weeks, Congress will be asked to vote on raising the debt ceiling, and without any serious spending reductions, it will be difficult for the American people to get on board. They have little evidence that Congress and the President are committed to getting America’s fiscal house in order.”