Friday, April 15, 2011

Robert Hurt - #2816 - Va. GOP Freshmen Vote Against Spending Bill - Va. Politics - Washington Post (2) Statement by Robert Hurt on HR1473 (3) Long Term CR Passes - Scott, Griffith, Forbes, Hurt and Rigell Vote 'NO' - Statements by Each on Vote - Bearing Drift

Looks like Virginia’s freshmen Republicans got the message. Both before and after a spending deal was struck between President Obama and congressional leaders, tea party activists and other conservatives in Virginia warned the state’s three freshmen lawmakers — GOP Reps. Morgan Grffith, Robert Hurt and Scott Rigell — to oppose any agreement that didn’t sufficiently cut spending and defund health-care reform. On Thursday, all three freshmen voted against the spending deal on the House floor, joined by 56 other GOP opponents. The measure passed with ease anyway, 260-167, as 81 Democrats joined 179 Republicans in favor. Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) also voted against the bill. The state’s other four Republicans — Reps. Eric Cantor, Robert Goodlatte, Robert Wittman and Frank Wolf — cast their votes in favor of the measure.

Statement by Robert Hurt on HR 1473 - Congressman Robert Hurt (R-VA) today released the following statement after opposing H.R. 1473, the long term continuing resolution: “Last November, the people of the 5th District sent a clear and urgent message that they want to see real change in Washington. They want to see an end to business as usual in our nation’s Capitol, and they want to see an end to the out of control government spending that threatens the very future of our country and slows our economic recovery. “House Republicans have led the way in delivering on the message sent by the people by taking several responsible steps to cut spending to reduce our $14 trillion debt and $1.6 trillion deficit. However, the Democrat-led Senate and White House inexplicably have remained committed to spending money we don’t have.“Indeed, it should be noted that the proposal before us today was an effort to clean up the mess left to the 112th Congress by the failed leadership of the President and the last Congress. Because of the continued failed leadership in the Democrat-controlled Senate and White House, I was unable to support the proposed compromise as being in the best interest of the people I represent. I look forward to quickly moving from talking about cutting billions in government spending to talking about cutting trillions in government spending, which we can do by adopting the Republican 2012 budget proposal. I look forward to continuing to work with our new House majority to cut government spending, to reduce our debt, and to ensure that we leave our children and grandchildren with a prosperous America.”

Long Term CR Passes, Scott, Griffith, Forbes, Hurt and Rigell vote 'NO' - Statements by each explaining vote - Bearing Drift - Yesterday, H.R. 1473 had no trouble passing and the government will remain funded for the remainder of 2011. However, at least from the conservative perspective, several Virginia Republicans could not vote for the bill, including Reps. Scott Rigell, Randy Forbes, Robert Hurt, and Morgan Griffith. They joined well-known fiscal hawks such as Michele Bachmann, Marsha Blackburn, Mike Pence, Scott King, and Ron Paul in opposing this latest effort to fund the government.  Read more.......

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