“I voted today to reduce government spending, support our troops and to prevent the government from shutting down.”Today, Congressman Mike Turner voted in favor of the Department of Defense and Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011. This legislation ensures that the government would remain open another week, cut discretionary spending by $12 billion, fully fund the Department of Defense and pay our troops who are defending this nation through the end of the fiscal year.
“With our troops serving overseas, the last thing they need to worry about is whether or not their paychecks will make it to their families at home. I voted today to reduce government spending, support our troops and to prevent the government from shutting down,” said Turner
While negotiations continue on a funding resolution for the rest of the fiscal year, Congressman Turner joined a bipartisan majority of House members in voting for the only proposal before Congress which would fund the Defense Department and avoid a shutdown.
“Our leaders at the Pentagon – civilian and uniformed – have said time and again how these short term spending solutions have hampered their efforts to fully perform their duties. This bill ensures that they will be adequately funded to defend this nation through the end of the fiscal year,” added Turner.
Beyond supporting full funding for our troops, the measure continues efforts to end the culture of endless spending in Washington. Included in the measure are $12 billion in discretionary spending cuts.
“I have joined the House in passing a government funding measure (H.R. 1) which would cut the budget by $61 billion, and two subsequent funding measures which included cuts of $4 billion and $6 billion respectively. It’s time to change the status quo of reckless spending in Washington and these additional $12 billion in cuts will aid in that effort,” stated Turner.