U.S. Senator Jerry Moran voted early Saturday morning against the passage of S. Con. Res. 8 – the Senate Democratic Budget Resolution, which narrowly passed, 50-49. Sen. Moran’s vote represents his opposition to Congress turning a blind-eye to America’s dire fiscal problems while continuing to spend more than it takes in, and raising taxes on hard-working Americans.
“The passage of this Budget Resolution is a tremendous missed opportunity for our nation,” Sen. Moran said. “The first vote on a budget in almost four years was an opportunity for the Senate to show the American people that Washington is committed to balancing the budget and addressing the long-term fiscal imbalances that threaten our future. Instead, this Senate vote defined two divergent visions for our country: one vision is of balanced budgets, smaller and more effective government, and individual responsibility; the other is of deficit spending, big government, and dependency.
“Senate Democrats will have to explain to their voters why in four years, the only solution they have to our country’s fiscal problems is to raise taxes by $1.5 trillion, increase spending by 62 percent, and do nothing to create a path toward a balanced budget. Instead of spending taxpayer money on expanding government programs we can’t afford, Congress should be tackling entitlement and tax reform, putting into place pro-growth economic policies, and promoting self-sufficiency.
“We were not elected to ignore America’s fiscal crisis; we were elected to confront it. Congress must do what Kansans do every day: make decisions passed on solid values and be held accountable for those decisions. Our economy can and will recover when we balance the budget and begin to live within our means.”