WASHINGTON – Rep. Matt Gaetz was the lone Florida Republican to vote against the budget that is a set-up for a $1.5 trillion tax cut package.
Not that Gaetz is against cutting taxes. He has derided the lack of details.
It amounted to being "asked to vote for a budget that nobody believes in so that we have the chance to vote for a tax bill that nobody's read," the Fort Walton Beach lawmaker said earlier this week.
Gaetz in a statement after the vote ripped the "liberal Senate budget."
"The Senate budget comes at too high of a cost: it does not balance, it adds to $1.5 trillion to the deficit, and it makes no reforms to Washington's culture of overspending. It is notably different than the House budget, which I supported. The House budget balanced, required deficit-neutral tax reform, and took serious steps to rein in our reckless government spending — cutting over 200 billion dollars from mandatory spending programs, and reducing the deficit by over six trillion dollars over the next ten years. The Senate budget does none of these things, and so I could not in good conscience vote for it.
"I strongly support tax reform: lowering tax rates, simplifying the tax code, and letting people keep more of their hard-earned money will jumpstart America's economy and help families nationwide. But thinking of the budget as simply 'a way to get tax reform done' sends a message that the budget process, and the budget itself, are unimportant. I do not agree. With a Republican House, Senate, and President, our budget must establish our commitment to fiscal discipline and conservative principles, and stop the generational theft of endless borrowing and ballooning debt.
"Despite my 'no' vote, the budget passed 216-212, and a tax reform proposal will be completed soon. I look forward to seeing the plan — making taxes lower and fairer for all Americans is a worthy goal, though it should not come at the expense of fiscal responsibility," Rep. Gaetz said.