Alexander Votes Against Transportation Appropriations Bill, Will Uphold Budget Control Act

Posted on July 23, 2013

Says he’ll oppose Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, other appropriations bills if they don’t hold spending at levels Congress set in Budget Control Act

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“We can get down to business any time the Democrats want to follow the law and appropriate correctly under the Budget Control Act that Congress passed to limit spending.” – Lamar Alexander 

WASHINGTON, July 23 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on his vote against bringing the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill to the Senate floor:

“We can get down to business any time the Democrats want to follow the law and appropriate correctly under the Budget Control Act that Congress passed to limit spending.” 

The Budget Control Act, which Congress passed in 2011, placed limits on discretionary spending, which makes up about 36 percent of the federal budget. Alexander also said that Congress must address entitlement spending, such as Medicare and Medicaid.

Alexander said, “Congress and the president must also be willing to make tough decisions to deal with out-of-control entitlement spending, which soaks up money for other priorities and leaves young Americans to be forever known as the debt-paying generation.”

 

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