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.
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
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
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