WASHINGTON - Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger released a statement explaining why he supported the Ryan-Murphy Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, which passed the U.S. Congress Thursday evening with overwhelming support.
Kinzinger said "Today, I voted in support of a bipartisan budget agreement that protects our national security and reduces our deficit – all without raising taxes on the American people. While not perfect, the budget deal reduces our deficit by $23 billion over ten years, replaces the damaging across-the-board cuts to our national security, and brings some much-needed stability to our budget process.
"Passing this responsible budget is an important first step, but we still have a lot of work to do to get our finances in line. I will continue to work with my colleagues to address our long-term fiscal health, repeal Obamacare and replace it with patient-centered reforms, and establish the pro-growth environment needed to get Americans back to work."
"The federal government spends $10 billion a day," said Hale. "23 billion dollars is nothing, and only covers two days of spending out of 3650 days over 10 years."
Hales says Kinzinger somehow neglected to mention that he also voted to repeal the $63 billion in sequester spending cuts that were negotiated in last year's compromise continuing resolution. Critics of this deal believe that the 23 billion dollar cut will end up like the Sequester cuts, on the cutting room floor.
"The 16th District no more needs a tax-and-spend Republican in the U.S. Congress than it needs six more roundabouts," said Hale. "I know people are tired of the gridlock in Washington, and we all just want some peace at this time of year, but this deal locks us into a debt spiral, and Pilot Kinzinger will not be able to pull us out before we crash to the ground."
The H.J.Res 59 passed the U.S. House with 332 for and 94 against.