Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Marsha Blackburn: Why I voted 'no'.


From my first day in office, I’ve promised you that you might not agree with every vote I take, but you’ll know why I did it. Last night, I voted “No” on HR 8. The so-called deal to avert the fiscal cliff did nothing but impose devastating tax increases without including any meaningful spending reductions. To vote for this bill would have been a vote to make a bad situation much worse.

The problem in Washington is not that we tax too little, it’s that we spend too much. This bill increases our debt by nearly $4 trillion over the next decade. I recently supported the Spending Reduction Act that passed the House before the Holidays. Unfortunately, like most House-passed legislation this year, the Spending Reduction Act never saw the light of the Senate.

For the future of our children and grandchildren, we have to exercise fiscal restraint. I know it's what my constituents expect from me. It's time to draw a line in the sand. We can't afford to keep spending money we don't have on programs the American people don't want. We also must make serious reforms to entitlements, stabilize the trust funds, and work to restrict regulatory authority. I could not vote for legislation that refused to focus on these critical issues.

My best,


Here are two videos from interviews I did this morning where I discussed my vote against the bill: America's Newsroom and CNN Starting Point. Please watch and pass along to your friends, family, and neighbors.

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1 comment:

  1. By now one would think voters would have hammered the message to the republicans: We don't like the idea of medicare vouchers, cutting social security, dismantling healthcare reform while the wealthiest Americans hold on to tax breaks and loop-hole deductions that they don't need. It's either stupidity or greed - maybe both - but they still don't get it.