Washington, DC –U.S. Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr., MD (R-Southwest Louisiana) issued the following statement regarding the agreement to cut spending and fund the government and military through the remainder of the fiscal year, which ends September 30, 2011:
“Avoiding a government shutdown was important for the sake of our troops and our national security, as well as our economic recovery,” Boustany said. “At the same time, it was important to make fiscally responsible cuts in spending because of the massive debt. By dealing with the unfinished business left by former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, we can now set in place a budget that puts us back on a path to prosperity and elimination of our massive debt. Now we can finally begin the real work of this 112th Congress.”
The agreement reached between the House, Senate and the White House is the first major step towards restoring the American economy and creating jobs. The agreement:
-Includes the largest non-defense spending cut since World War II, with $38.5 billion in immediate cuts.
-Slashes hundreds of billions of dollars from the federal budget over the next decade.
-Guarantees a Senate debate and vote on legislation to repeal Obamacare in its entirety.
-Assures a Senate vote and debate on the de-funding of Planned Parenthood, and bans taxpayer funding of abortion within Washington, D.C.
“This is only the beginning of our party’s efforts to enact the changes the American people demand,” Boustany said. “I will keep fighting for the people of Acadiana and Southwest Louisiana and will make the cuts needed to get our economy back on track.”