MILLER STATEMENT ON PASSAGE OF THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT
Aug 1, 2011 -
Congressman Jeff Miller (R-FL-01) issued the following statement on the Budget Control Act:
“Republicans withstood the Democrats’ demands for a ‘blank check’ debt limit increase and job-killing tax increases. We have changed the debate in Washington and forced entrenched Washington liberals to cut spending. However, this is just the first step in a long process. We must continue working to get our budget into balance.
Last month, I voted for and the House of Representatives passed the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act. I still believe this is the most sensible solution to our fiscal crisis and the best shot at a permanent solution to our fiscal problems. Unfortunately, President Obama and the Democrat-controlled Senate have shown that serious spending reform is not their priority and they would rather continue down a reckless path with their policies of tax, spend and borrow.
While the cuts in the Budget Control Act are not as deep as those in the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act, I voted for this bill because in the end, it cut spending by more than the debt ceiling is raised and did so without raising taxes, while at the same time providing an enforceable mechanism to ensure that the cuts actually happen.
However, this issue of out of control spending is not resolved, and our work is far from over. Democrats still refuse to make the spending cuts necessary to avoid the risk of a credit downgrade in the future. I will remain diligent on this issue and continue to push for more reductions in spending.”