U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., was one of 59 Republicans who voted today against the bill that was the subject of frantic negotiations between House Speaker John Boehner and President Obama to fund the government through the remainder of this fiscal year and avert a government shutdown.
Here’s her statement of why:
“This is a vote that I struggled with. It is very difficult for a fiscal conservative to vote against spending reductions, no matter how small. I certainly understand that many of my colleagues voted “yes” in the knowledge that cutting spending is an important priority, no matter the level. Still, in the final calculation I am confident that I cannot tell Tennesseans exactly how much we have cut, or from where, or for how long. Tennesseans want our spending driven debt crisis resolved before it overwhelms our country. This measure could only have been a first start at the effort, but it was important that we made a strong first start. We move now from cutting millions and billions to cutting trillions. In voting no, I want to send a very clear message that only strong, solid, measures to cut spending and reconcile debt will pass the House with my vote.”