Marino Votes to Reject Budget Deal
Washington, D.C.—Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) voted to reject the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 which passed the House of Representatives 266-167.
In addition to extending the debt limit until March 15, 2017, the agreement allows for an increase in discretionary spending over the next two years without reducing the deficit. The budget agreement brokered by President Obama also includes increases to defense spending as well as a number of supposed “offsets” to counter spending increases. Among those are various manipulations to Medicare, Social Security and cuts to federal crop insurance programs.
Congressman Marino issued the following statement about this budgetary proposal and his vote against it:
“This is the same old song and dance. It is business as usual in Washington. I am tired of voting from one crisis to the next. I echoed this same sentiment when I voted against the continuing resolution last month – enough is enough.
It is true, this budget and the process by which it was proposed stinks. Again we were asked to support a budget which appropriately funds our national defenses but also includes shoddy ‘cost-saving offsets.’ Those supposed offsets are nothing but nice-sounding placations. Nevertheless this is nothing but more ‘sleight of hand’ tricks.
No family in America would lavishly and irresponsibly spend the way this government does. Yet, Congress is willing to spend now and try to figure out a way to pay for it 10 years later. My constituents did not send me here to be a rubberstamp for that kind of irresponsible governing.
This budget is a prime example of why we need term limits in Congress, single subject bills and a return to regular order in the House where Members can work to achieve what their constituents sent them here to do.”