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Florida Republicans help slash $61 billion from federal budget



Jolted to action by deficit-conscious newcomers, the Republican-controlled House agreed early Saturday to cut $61 billion from hundreds of federal programs and shelter coal companies, oil refiners and farmers from new government regulations.

By a 235-189 vote, largely along party lines, the House sent the bill to the Senate, where it faces longer odds, and defied a veto threat from President Barack Obama. (more from AP here)

Florida voted along party lines. “I understand that there will be some pain and sacrifice associated with trimming the budget,” said Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota. “But doing nothing or too little is simply not an option.”

Rep. Sandy Adams, R-Olando: “With the country over $14 trillion in debt, our nation is at a crossroads: We can either continue in the direction we were going and face financial ruin, or we can put an end to the reckless spending that got us into this financial mess – I choose the latter. The previous Congress’ fiscal policies are a testament to the fact we cannot borrow, tax, and spend our way into prosperity. With a national unemployment rate of 9 percent and a 12 percent unemployment rate in Florida, it is clear that the Democrats’ ‘stimulus bill’ did not get the job done. This isn’t about being a Republican or Democrat – this is about our nation facing a fiscal crisis and we must work together to get the job done.”

[Last modified: Saturday, February 19, 2011 9:56am]


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