Alexander Issues Statement on CR

February 19, 2011

H.R. 1 Cleans Up Our Fiscal House

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman, today issued the following remarks in support of H.R. 1, the Continuing Resolution (CR) that will fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2011:

“As President’s Day weekend is upon us, I cannot think of a better gift to celebrate Washington’s Birthday. After four years of watching Pelosi bully her Republican counterparts, Americans finally witnessed an open and accountable government in action.

“House members spent the week vigorously debating how the government spends your dime. The Appropriations Committee submitted a base bill, which Speaker Boehner then permitted discussion on countless amendments submitted by both parties – a courtesy never shown to the minority under Pelosi’s rule.

“More importantly, this practice held lawmakers liable and yielded a full understanding of the underlying implications of the bill. We made tough, yet completely necessary decisions, prioritized programs, and slashed what was deemed least effective and least beneficial to the taxpayers. America’s registry was outlined from top to bottom and the government worked as it is intended.

“Beyond reforming the way we do business, H.R. 1, which passed early this morning, also made history by putting the tax-and-spend attitude on notice. This resulting legislation embodies the largest reduction in non-security discretionary spending on record. Perhaps most significant, the CR shows that House Republicans are serious about restoring confidence and creating jobs.

“By making these specific, substantive and comprehensive spending reductions, our families and businesses are getting the strong leadership they need and deserve. We definitely have hard work ahead; however, the Continuing Resolution is a start and represents a solid foundation for us to begin reconstructing our fiscal house.”

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