Lewis stands up for fiscal responsibility
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Jason Lewis (MN-02) issued the following statement after voting against the Consolidated Appropriations Act, H.R. 244:
“I came to Washington with one overriding goal: make sure that I leave our country a better place for our kids. The $20 trillion national debt poses a huge danger to their ability to succeed. The nation’s fiscal health should concern us all- and that’s why I opposed the passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act today.
“It’s important that we keep our government running, and I was pleased to see some of my priorities were properly funded. However it’s even more important that we fund our government responsibly. Washington bureaucrats are addicted to spending- and tackling the growing debt starts by not throwing millions at pet projects like Southwest Light Rail. My vote today was to put Washington on notice: we need to get serious about tackling our debt and spending problems right now. I’m committed to working in the Budget Committee to make those tough decisions- because the future depends on it.”
Background courtesy of the Republican Policy Committee: H.R. 244, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, is the vehicle by which the House considered the government funding, or Appropriations, for 2017. This includes 11 annual Appropriations bills, providing $1.163 trillion to fund discretionary programs within the federal government through September 30, 2017, an increase of $14 billion from current law. The bill is over the caps established by the 2011 Budget Control Act.