American Conservative Union Chairman Al Cardenas praised Saturday's House passage of legislation to fund the federal government through September as “a vital first step to reverse the
reckless spending binge of recent years” and called on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to take the bill up immediately when the Senate returns on Feb. 28 to avoid a government shutdown March 4.
“Cutting $61 billion from current spending levels and terminating over 130 wasteful and duplicative programs shows that House Republicans got the message the voters sent on November 2nd that they are tired of the tax, spend and borrow philosophy that affected both parties and left the country mired in debt,” Cardenas said. “The ball is now in Harry Reid’s court and it’s his responsibility to pass a Senate version of this bill and negotiate with the House to avoid a government shutdown.”
Reid announced Friday that he would ignore the budget deadline and instead take up a patent law reform bill when the Senate returns from vacation.
Cardenas noted that the House-passed bill also contains important policy provisions that prohibit funds to implement Obamacare, eliminates funds that would allow the EPA to impose cap and trade style greenhouse gas regulation, stops the FCC from regulating the Internet through so-called net neutrality rules and puts an end to federal funding of abortion.
Cardenas cautioned that this is only the beginning of a long struggle to get spending under control.
“The bigger fight will come later this year when Congress takes up the Obama budget for 2012 which does absolutely nothing to reduce the current trillion-dollar deficits we are facing this year and next,” Cardenas said. “ACU and its members will continue to be in the forefront of efforts to reduce the size of government and bring spending under control.”