02/09/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/09/2018 17:46
Washington D.C. - Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL) voted against the fiscally irresponsible Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. The funding bill will add hundreds of billions to our budget deficit and over a trillion dollars to our overall national debt. Congressman Yoho released the following statement:
'Earlier this week, I voted for a House budget bill that funded our military and extended public health programs. Once that bill was sent over to the Senate, it turned into a 652-page spending behemoth that I know was not good for America's long-term fiscal health. I would venture to say that the majority of members did not even read the bill they voted on. The bill includes a Christmas tree of items that are unrelated to government funding. Rolling dozens of unrelated provisions into an irresponsibly large spending bill that violates House rules and is the opposite of an open process. In fact, in the Senate, only a handful of people were involved in the process and no debate or amendments were allowed. Also, there was not an opportunity for House members to amend the bill during the process.
'I came to Congress in 2013 with the promise that I would help rein in out of control government spending. At around 5 am this morning, I found that when it is done in the name of bipartisanship, looting the Treasury and our grandchildren's future is acceptable.
'It is beyond me how the congressional leadership of both parties found it acceptable to spend billions in new money just to keep the government open only until March 23rd of this year. Not only that, they knowingly increased our deficit and out of control national debt with insufficient offsets and spending reforms to cover the cost of this bill. By breaking the 2011 budget caps and agreeing to a debt ceiling increase with inadequate spending reforms, we are willfully erasing whatever spending discipline Washington has left.
'Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen said, 'the most significant threat to our national security is our debt.' This statement was made when our national debt was $17 trillion. The country is now over $20 trillion in debt, and there is nothing being done to address the problem. If this continues to be left unaddressed, it will cripple the country and turn us into a second-rate power.
'While there were portions of this bill I supported, the fiscally reckless compromises made by Senate Republicans and Democrats were too much for me to support.
'Funding for our military readiness and critical programs that are constitutionally outlined by our founding fathers will always be a priority of mine. I refuse to use our military as political pawns during any spending debate. While this bill gives money to our military now, in the long term it is a cancer that will cripple our military in a few years due to the unsustainable debt and interest payments. We will be forced to make deep and painful cuts not only to our military but every portion of the federal budget.
'Finally, we as lawmakers and as a nation must realize that we cannot spend our way to prosperity and we cannot run our nation in perpetual crisis mode averting one government shutdown after another. We have voted five times since October 2017 to avoid a government shutdown. This is unacceptable. The American people deserve better. I intend to deliver.'