Lou Barletta will not support more short-term continuing resolutions

Mar 28, 2011
Press Release


WASHINGTON– U.S. Representative Lou Barletta, PA-11, announced today that he will not support any more short-term continuing resolutions for Fiscal Year 2011. He will only support a plan that calls for responsible federal spending through the end of the fiscal year in September.

“The people of Northeastern Pennsylvania sent me to Washington to stop the out-of-control government spending and rein in the growth of the federal government, and that’s exactly what I’m doing. I voted to cut $10 billion over five weeks. While that’s a great first step, my constituents demand and deserve a financially responsible long-term resolution that takes us through the end of the fiscal year,” Rep. Barletta said. “Stringing together short-term continuing resolutions only extends the uncertainty among local and national job creators, and that will slow our economic recovery at home.”

To date, Lou voted in favor of two short-term continuing resolutions that cut $2 billion in federal spending a week – a total of $10 billion over the five weeks the two resolutions have been in place – giving the U.S. Senate more than a month to reach an agreement over long-term budget cuts. He also voted to cut government spending by $100 billion in this fiscal year – but that bill, too, stalled in the Senate.

“Two- and three-week continuing resolutions are handcuffing business owners and job creators, who remain uncertain about the future of spending,” Rep. Barletta said. “Every day, the people of Northeastern Pennsylvania try to do more with less in their family budgets, but some in Washington want to continue to spend like there’s no tomorrow. It’s time for that attitude to change.

“That’s why I will not support any more short-term continuing resolutions. I will only support a financially responsible plan that takes us through the end of the fiscal year. My patience has run out – and so has the patience of the people at home.”