Congressman Barletta Votes to Rein in Government Spending

Feb 19, 2011
Press Release


WASHINGTON– 11th Congressional District Representative Lou Barletta released the following statement regarding his vote to curtail government spending by $100 billion.

“Today, our government took an important step forward on the road to fiscal responsibility,” Barletta said. “For far too long, our government has engaged in wasteful spending with little regard for its effect on our communities and our country. Today’s vote sends a clear message that the time has come for the government to confront its growing fiscal crisis.While this bill is not perfect, we can no longer wait to address our government’s out-of-control spending habits.

"I was proud to voice my support earlier this week for programs that protect our communities and ensure that our least fortunate have heat in the winter. Though these efforts were unsuccessful, I will continue to fight for these crucial programs.

“Today’s vote was essential to the future of our economy, but as we move forward we must remain ever cognizant of the fact that our cuts are both necessary and painful.”

Earlier this week, Congressman Barletta offered cost-neutral alternatives to restore funding to clean coal technology, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), the Community Development Fund, Community Service Employment for Older Americans and State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance, which would be offset with reductions to the Institute of Peace. Due to a parliamentary rule regarding funding between subcommittees, the amendments were withdrawn.