Representative Barletta Votes to Cut Spending By $2 Billion a Week
H. J. Res. 43, a short-term Continuing Resolution that will fund the government for the next three weeks.
“For the third time in less than three months, I have cast my vote in support of a plan to cut government spending at historic levels while keeping the government open for business,” Barletta said. “The American people sent a clear message in November – the checkbook is closed, the era of out-of-control spending is over, and the time has come for a responsible budget that will get our fiscal house in order.
“While the Senate and White House are choosing to insulate themselves in the D.C. echo chamber, I am proud to listen to my constituents and reduce government spending by an additional $2 billion a week. Fixing our economy is not a Republican issue or a Democratic issue - it’s an American issue, and it’s time for the Senate to step up to the plate and join the House in crafting a budget plan that reflects the will of the people in our District and our country.
“I remain committed to my strong opposition to the job-crushing health care law passed by the Democrats last year. In addition to joining with my 244 of my colleagues to repeal the bill, I have voted to defund this awful piece of legislation on nine separate occasions. I look forward to fighting for common-sense health care solutions that will lower taxes, reduce spending and keep the government out of our medical decisions.”
Representative Lou Barletta has also voted in support of a historic long-term plan to cut government spending by $100 billion through the end of Fiscal Year 2011. (Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, H.R. 1, Roll Call Vote 147, February 19, 2011)
In one of his first actions after being sworn into office, Representative Barlettaalso voted in favor of H.R. 2,the Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act(Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act, H.R. 2, Roll Call Vote 14, January 19, 2011). He has also voted to defund the health care bill on nine separate occasions during the discussion of H.R. 1:
- The Rehberg Amendment #575:Provides that no funds in this Act may be may be used for any employee, officer, contractor or grantee of any department or agency funded in this title (Labor & HHS) to implement the health care provisions of Obamacare. (passed: 239-187)
- The King Amendment #267:Provides that no funds in this Act may be may be used to implement Obamacare.(passed: 241-197)
- The King Amendment #268: Provides that no funds in this Act may be may be used to pay officials who implement Obamacare. (passed: 237-191)
- The Emerson Amendment #83: Provides that no funds in this Act may be may used by the IRS to implement or enforce provisions on Obamacare related to the reporting of health insurance coverage. (passed: 246-182)
- The Price Amendment #409:Provides that no funds in this Act may be used by HHS to implement or enforce the Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) provision. (passed: 241-185)
- The Burgess Amendment #200 would prohibit any funds in this Act to be used to pay the salary of any officer or employee of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO). (passed: 239-182)
- The Pitts Amendment #430:Provides that no funds in this Act may be used for an officer or employee at HHS, IRS, and Labor to do any action to specify or define, through regulations, guidelines, or otherwise, essential benefits as required in Obamacare. (passed: 239-183)
- The Gardner Amendment #79: Provides that no funds in the Act may be used to pay the salary of any employee or officer of the HHS who develops or promulgates regulations or guidance regarding Exchanges under Obamacare. (passed: 241-184)
- The Hayworth Amendment #567:Provides thatno funds in this Act may be used to implement the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) created under Obamacare. (Accepted by voice vote)