Legislative Update from Senator Richard Burr

Senator Richard Burr
2013-03-29 13:55:45
Richard Burr, US Senator North Carolina Last Friday, the Senate began voting on the 2014 federal budget, which I ultimately voted against. �While I was pleased that the Senate Democrats put forth their first budget in four years on the Senate floor, I believe the resulting product is irresponsible and detrimental to the American people. �The budget raises taxes by more than $1 trillion, but still manages to add trillions of dollars to the nation�s debt.� As I have said many times, we need a budget that cuts federal spending, provides for serious, comprehensive reform of our tax code, and places our social safety net programs on a sustainable footing. Leading up to the votes, I filed numerous amendments, some of which were highlighted in last week�s newsletter.� Several of those amendments were brought to the floor, including an amendment that would keep the federal government from raising taxes on our veterans.� Unfortunately, this amendment did not get enough votes to pass. � Many of my colleagues offered important amendments, including three in particular that I�d like to note.� Senator Lee (R-UT) offered an amendment that put the Senate on record on the importance of protecting 2nd Amendment rights.� This amendment garnered a vote of 50-49. � Senator Coburn (R-OK) introduced an amendment that would attempt to reduce spending on duplicative government programs.� Sadly, this amendment did not get the votes it needed to pass.� Finally, Senator Cruz (R-TX) introduced an amendment to repeal Obamacare. This amendment unfortunately failed on a party-line vote. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to call my office or submit your inquiries here [link 1]. ������� Sincerely, ������� Richard Burr
March 29, 2013

Last Friday, the Senate began voting on the 2014 federal budget, which I ultimately voted against.  While I was pleased that the Senate Democrats put forth their first budget in four years on the Senate floor, I believe the resulting product is irresponsible and detrimental to the American people.  The budget raises taxes by more than $1 trillion, but still manages to add trillions of dollars to the nation�s debt.  As I have said many times, we need a budget that cuts federal spending, provides for serious, comprehensive reform of our tax code, and places our social safety net programs on a sustainable footing.

Leading up to the votes, I filed numerous amendments, some of which were highlighted in last week�s newsletter.  Several of those amendments were brought to the floor, including an amendment that would keep the federal government from raising taxes on our veterans.  Unfortunately, this amendment did not get enough votes to pass.  

Many of my colleagues offered important amendments, including three in particular that I�d like to note. 

Senator Lee (R-UT) offered an amendment that put the Senate on record on the importance of protecting 2nd Amendment rights.  This amendment garnered a vote of 50-49.  

Senator Coburn (R-OK) introduced an amendment that would attempt to reduce spending on duplicative government programs.  Sadly, this amendment did not get the votes it needed to pass. 

Finally, Senator Cruz (R-TX) introduced an amendment to repeal Obamacare. This amendment unfortunately failed on a party-line vote.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to call my office or .

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