Alexander Calls for Adoption of Sessions-McCaskill Spending Freeze

Says, “The Sessions-McCaskill freeze is an important first step to rein in federal spending. The next step should be getting entitlement spending under control.”

Posted on July 13, 2010

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, released the following statement after Republicans on the Appropriations Committee called on Democrats to join them in adopting the Sessions-McCaskill spending freeze:

“Because federal spending and debt are at crisis levels, Republican senators on the Appropriations Committee are asking our Democratic colleagues to join us in supporting the Sessions-McCaskill freeze on federal spending.  Every Republican and 17 Democratic senators have already voted for the Sessions-McCaskill amendment basically freezing discretionary appropriations, which constitute 38 percent of the federal budget.

“Since this Democratic Congress has not produced a budget for next year, the first job of the Appropriations Committee is to decide how much to spend.  The Sessions-McCaskill freeze is an important first step to rein in federal spending.  The next step should be getting entitlement spending under control.”

A letter signed by Republican appropriators can be found below.

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