Gosar Votes to Continue Cuts to Federal Spending

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  December 16, 2011

CONTACT: Apryl Marie Fogel, aprylmarie.fogel@mail.house.gov                       

Gosar Votes to Continue Cuts to Federal Spending

WASHINGTON, DC –Today, Congressman Paul Gosar, DDS (AZ-01) voted to support the Fiscal Year 2012 Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 2055).  This bill averts a government shutdown while decreasing federal spending from over $6 billion from fiscal year 2011 funding.  This legislation means the total annual discretionary funding for fiscal year 2012 is $95 billion less than last year’s budget – a victory for conservatives. 

"I have consistently said throughout my time in Washington that the American people deserve more from their government.  This bill is a crap sandwich!  You definitely do not want to bite into it, you cannot stand the taste, but you know you have to eat it.  I hoped that this bill would include far more cuts, greater reforms, and more regulatory relief. I’m disappointed that it does not! Let me be the first to admit, this legislation is far from perfect! It does however inch us forward towards our ultimate goal of restoring fiscal sanity.

It is important to remember that conservatives control just one-half of one-third of the federal government. We are a vocal and influential minority.  Tough decisions have to be made and included in this bill are key provisions to strengthen our national defense and border security.  In addition, it defunds several portions of Obamacare and supports important forest health initiatives.”

H.R. 2055 makes important cuts while ensuring our service members abroad and the brave national guard and border patrol here at home have the resources they need to protect our country. Additionally, it provides badly needed transparency and conditions on foreign aid, will provide the resources necessary for wildfire suppressions and prevention, and facilitates increased economic development on public lands, like grazing.

Congressman Paul A. Gosar, DDS hails from Flagstaff, Arizona and is serving his first term in Congress as the Representative from rural Arizona’s First Congressional District.  As a health care provider and small business owner, Gosar is focused on bringing jobs back to the district, reforming health care, reining in government spending, and ensuring that the American people are involved in the solution making process.