Walsh Joins Fellow Republicans on Budget Vote

Although he was one of only 28 Republicans not to vote with his part last week on the budget, this week he was not among the four who voted, “No.”

U.S. Representative Joe Walsh weighs in on the recent budget vote below:

Congressman Walsh Statement on Today’s Budget Votes

“I came to DC with the idea of focusing on the next generation, rather than the next election.”

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Joe Walsh (R-IL) issued the following statement on his vote for both the Republican Study Committee budget and the Rep. Paul Ryan Path to Prosperity budget for Fiscal Year 2012.

“Today I cast another set of votes to help set our country back on track to a path of fiscal responsibility,” said Congressman Walsh.

“The President says it’s time to live within our means, but his budget fails to do so. It spends too much, taxes too much, and borrows too much – stifling job growth today and leaving our children with a fewer opportunities in the future.”

“In response to the President’s lack of forward-thinking, I chose to support Rep. Ryan’s Path to Prosperity budget.

“It reduces spending and eliminates barriers to economic growth, which will create one million jobs in the first year. It puts in place policies that create an environment that fosters long term economic growth, resulting in getting more Americans back to work.”

A congtemplative Joe Walsh listens to a questioner at the McHenry West High School Town Hall Meeting in December before he was sworn into Congress.

“Without following a detailed budget, Congress will lead our country straight to insolvency.

“We currently

  • borrow nearly 40 cents of each dollar we spend,
  • our federal debt is more than $14 trillion and
  • our deficit for this year is estimated to be more than $1.6 trillion.

“This sort of fiscal abuse is rudely out of touch with the millions of American families and individuals tightening their belts to make ends meet.

“There’s no reason that Congress should not make the same efforts to function within its means. Rep. Ryan’s budget will provide Congress the necessary framework to put our country back on a path towards fiscal and economic stability.”

“While I fully support the Path to Prosperity budget, I also voted in favor of a Republican Study Committee proposal that would balance the budget over the next 10 years.

“The Ryan budget is simply a blueprint.

“I came to DC with the idea of focusing on the next generation, rather than the next election.

“Throughout the next two years, I am going to fight to make these spending cuts go even further.

“To make the tough choices today that save our children from even tougher choices tomorrow.”


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