MILLER STATEMENT ON SENATOR REID’S BUDGET CONTROL ACT
Jul 30, 2011 -
Congressman Jeff Miller (R-FL-01) issued the following statement on Senator Harry Reid’s Budget Control Act:
“No one benefits from this bill other than the President and those who want to continue down the path of reckless spending. There is no doubt in my mind that the Reid Budget Control Act is a huge step in the wrong direction.
The Reid bill provides the President with a blank check to raise the debt limit by $2.4 trillion with no additional legislation from Congress required. In the House Republican Bill that passed the House last night, a subsequent increase of $1.6 trillion in the debt limit could only occur if Congress passes legislation to reduce the deficit by an additional $1.8 trillion and a Balance Budget Amendment is sent to the states.
Senator Reid’s plan also would cut $868 billion in defense spending over 10 years – a plan that Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA) warns will “have a disastrous impact on our military” and its ability to carry out missions.
For these reasons, I voted against the bill. If Senate Democrats are serious about solving this problem in time for the deadline, they have two House passed bills on the table, which make real cuts and control spending, waiting to be sent to the President.”