Rep. Roby, House Freshmen Members Show Support for
Budget Control Act of 2011
WASHINGTON—The following prepared remarks were delivered today by U.S. Representative Martha Roby (AL-02) at a press conference on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.:
“Thank you for being here. Each of the freshman members with us today come from different districts, in different states, from very different parts of the country, but we share common beliefs. First, we believe that Washington has been on a reckless spending spree—borrowing 40 cents of every dollar it spends. Second, we believe that the mountain of debt we have accrued threatens the prosperity of future generations of Americans. And third, we believe that our job is to change Washington, to cut spending, and to make the tough choices necessary to put our country back on track toward economic growth.
“These are fiercely held beliefs from which we will not waiver.
“At this moment, we face three options. We can pass Speaker Boehner’s plan, which contains significant spending cuts over the next ten years. We can pass Sen. Reid’s plan, which is fundamentally a budget gimmick that will not deliver real savings. Or, we can do nothing and let the United States of America default on its debt. Every serious economist believes that doing so will have tremendous negative consequences, not for foreign debt holders, but for working families across America.
“We are here today to demonstrate our support for the plan proposed by Speaker Boehner, which we believe is the right thing to do.
“To be clear: the Boehner plan is far from perfect. Had I written it myself, it would look much different.
“But I don’t have the luxury of writing my ideal plan—and neither does Speaker Boehner. He—like all of us—must work within the political reality that Democrats still run Washington, and that Democrats in the Senate and the White House want more spending and more borrowing—not less.
“Speaker Boehner has pushed for the largest spending cuts he believes can pass the Senate and the White House. Some people say, ‘It’s not enough.’ I agree. But I don’t understand how a vote against Speaker Boehner’s plan at this hour does anything to help advance our beliefs. In fact, it does everything to empower President Obama.
“Will the Senate pass the House plan? I hope so. The U.S. will spend more than $45 trillion over the next ten years. The Boehner plan cuts between one and three trillion. Shame on Harry Reid if he risks a default over that.
“Republicans in the House have passed a long line of pro-job creation, anti-spending legislation. We have approved a Fiscal Year 2011 Continuing Resolution that would have cut $100 billion in spending, a repeal of President Obama’s job-killing health care reform law, a Republican budget that outlines $5.8 trillion in spending reductions, the Tea Party’s ‘Cut, Cap, and Balance Act,’ and a Constitutional balanced budget amendment.
“Democrats in the Senate have blocked each one. That, of course, illustrates the greater point. To truly change the nature of Washington, we need a President and a Senate that share our passion for fiscal responsibility.
“So, with an eye toward the future, we’ll pass this plan to cut spending and avoid greater economic distress because it’s the right thing to do. Then, the fight will go on.”