November 10, 2015

Gardner voted no

Submitted for your perusal: Senator Gardner's reply to my request that he vote down the Budget "deal." A little better than shouting at clouds? He is thorough, and nearly always writes back with this level of attention.

Dear Mr. Gregory,

Thank you for contacting me regarding government funding and the debt limit. I appreciate you taking the time to write. It is an honor to serve you in the United States Senate and I hope you will continue to write with your thoughts and ideas on moving our country forward.

On March 4, 2015, Congressman Patrick Meehan (R-PA) introduced H.R. 1314, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, a budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017. On October 28, 2015, the House of Representatives passed this measure by a vote of 266-167, and subsequently passed in the Senate on October 30, 2015, by a vote of 64-35. While I recognize the importance of preserving the full faith and credit of the United States, I could not in good conscience support the Bipartisan Budget Act as it does not include enough reforms to control long-term spending.

Our country's debt currently exceeds $18 trillion. Under this legislation, the debt limit will be suspended until March 2017. It is more important now than ever that Congress act responsibly and make the tough but necessary choices to rein in this Administration's spending spree. Our spending-driven debt crisis threatens the very future of this country, and it is far past time that Congress acts to address it and return us to a path of fiscal prosperity.

During my time in Congress, I have worked to enact responsible reforms through spending cuts and deficit reduction. I, along with Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), offered an amendment to this bill, which would require that any increase in the debt limit approved by Congress and the President be accompanied by a dollar-for-dollar decrease in regulatory burden for every new dollar of debt. Unfortunately, this amendment was not considered during the budget debate.

The government must be held accountable to the American taxpayers who consistently express frustration with Washington's reckless regard for the mounting debt that we are passing on to our children and grandchildren. Families in Colorado and across the country work hard to ensure they live within their means, and Congress must do the same. Please rest assured, I will continue to work to address our nation's spending and level of debt.

Again, thank you for contacting me, and do not hesitate to do so again when an issue is important to you.


Cory Gardner
United States Senator

Congress Posted by nanobrewer at November 10, 2015 6:36 PM
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