Roby: Cutting spending vital to job creation
Congresswoman Martha Roby said Tuesday that the country is on an “unsustainable path” in regards to spending, and called her vote to cut $100 billion in discretionary spending from a recent continuing resolution “a good start.”
Roby, R-Montgomery, was part of a Republican majority to pass a lighter spending bill over the weekend. The bill now goes to the Senate and a potential showdown with President Barack Obama, which could lead to a government shutdown if the sides can’t agree.
Lawmakers have until March 4 to pass a continuing resolution. Or, a deal between the president and Congress can be struck to fund the government for the rest of the 2011 fiscal year. If neither happens, a government shutdown could take place, suspending all non-essential government operations.
“We will see what the Senate does with (the resolution),” Roby said Tuesday while in Dothan. “I was sent to Washington to make some tough decisions. There will be no compromise without real, sustainable spending cuts.”
Roby said a reduction in government spending would send a positive message to the private sector and spur job creation. She also said cuts in discretionary spending alone would not be enough to cut into a federal deficit now more than $14 trillion.
“Mandatory spending in entitlement programs is something that is going to have to be addressed,” Roby said. “The next bite of the apple comes with the budget. As we move toward that, you will see some very important issues begin to take shape.”
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