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CONGRESSWOMAN VIRGINIA FOXX VOTES FOR CUT, CAP AND BALANCE ACT

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Foxx votes for Cut, Cap and Balance Act

Applauds passage of historic debt reduction bill

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, (NC-05) voted last night to pass the Cut, Cap and Balance Act (H.R. 2560).  The bill would cut spending by more than $100 billion next year and by $6 trillion over the next ten years.  Additionally, H.R. 2560 caps federal spending as a percentage of economic output and starts the ball rolling on a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

“Cutting spending isn’t easy and that’s why this bill is so historic—because it actually makes meaningful and enforceable spending cuts,” Foxx said.  “Congress has ignored the reality of our rising indebtedness for too long.  With the Cut, Cap and Balance Act we are addressing Washington’s spending and debt problems head on and making sure that the government pays its bills on time.”

In June Foxx signed a letter to House Speaker John Boehner urging him to consider legislation that would enact a Cut, Cap, and Balance strategy for tackling the nationaldebt.

H.R. 256, the Cut, Cap and Balance Act, includes three major provisions.  First, it cuts spending by $111 billion in 2012 and by $6 trillion in the next ten years.  Then it places a statutory cap on the level of federal spending as apercentage of the economy.  Finally, the bill starts the process on sending a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution to the states for ratification.  It includes a $2.4 increase in the debt limit, but the increase is only enacted if the balanced budget amendment passes both the House and Senate.

“We’re long overdue for a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution,” Foxx said. “Nearly every state in the nation has some form of a balanced budget amendment—it’s time the federal government followed their lead.  Passing this historic bill demonstrates that Congress can get our budget in order and also pay for our national priorities.  I hope the Senate follows the House’s lead and takes up the Cut, Cap and Balance Act.”

The Cut, Cap and Balance Act passed the House 234-190 with bipartisan support.

Foxx also released a video interview today with Congressman Jim Jordan, Chairman of the Republican Study Committee.  In the interview Foxx and Jordan discuss the debt limit, federal spending reductions and the Cut, Cap and Balance Act.  Click here to watch.

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Aaron Groen
Communications Director
Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (NC-05)
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