CONGRESSMAN CUELLAR VOTES FOR JOINT FUNDING RESOLUTION
Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar voted in favor of a $463 billion joint funding resolution for fiscal year 2007, which completes work on last year’s appropriations bills. Under this resolution most programs will be funded at 2006 levels adjusted for increased pay cost. Adjustments were made to meet critical needs, which include: Veterans Healthcare and Defense Health programs; public housing programs; scientific research; and Labor, Health and Education spending. The resolution is also earmark free and made cuts to over 60 programs in order to free funds for vital programs.
The resolution increased funding for many vital programs including:
“As members of Congress we are often called upon to make difficult decisions, this bill while cutting many worthy programs, helps us return fiscal discipline to Washington,” noted Congressman Cuellar. “While I’m disappointed about the loss of several earmarks that would have directly benefited my district, I voted for this bill because it focuses our resources on programs that are vital to working Americans. By passing this joint funding resolution the new Congress has shown the American people that it can clean up the fiscal mess left behind by the previous majority. We have demonstrated that we can be good fiscal stewards, while at the same time increasing funding for education, health care, renewable energy research, local law enforcement and first responders, and veterans programs.”
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