Gerlach Helps House Pass Historic Cuts in Wasteful Washington Spending

Press Release

Date: April 14, 2011
Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Jim Gerlach (PA-6th District) voted on Thursday in favor of a budget measure that includes the largest spending cuts in history, saving taxpayers nearly $40 billion over the next six months and $315 billion over the next decade.

The six-month budget saves nearly $80 billion compared to the spending the President proposed for this year and eliminates funding for dozens of ineffective federal programs, Gerlach added.

H.R. 1473 passed the House by a 260 to 167 margin.

In addition, the Congressman said:

"We are slamming the brakes on the runaway train of massive spending increases and unsustainable debt. Everyone understands that government must work better with less money. Families, seniors and small business owners in the 6th District are making tough decisions, and they expect their government to do the same. While our work is far from finished, this legislation begins the process of eliminating wasteful Washington spending. These are real cuts and represent a stark change from the trillion-dollar spending sprees of the last two years. And this measure signals that many of us in the House of Representatives are serious about creating conditions that will grow jobs and allow more Americans to be successful.

Finally, failing to enact this six-month budget measure would have resulted in a government shutdown, which would've cut off paychecks to our brave men and women in the military and their families. Our troops in Afghanistan, Iraq and other parts of the world are getting their jobs done. Failing to pay them would have been inexcusable."