Rep. Gene Green Votes on Debt Ceiling and Budget Legislation
Washington, D.C. – After a long and arduous wait for appropriate legislation addressing the federal debt ceiling and budget, Congressman Green released the following statement regarding his vote today on passage of Senate bill 365, the “Budget Control Act of 2011.”
“I voted in favor of the debt ceiling compromise today because it satisfied the most important problems at hand: raising the debt ceiling so our country doesn’t default and negatively affect our economy, and safeguarding some of our most important government programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and Pell grants from immediate cuts.
Under this plan, these vital programs will also not be threatened or used as bargaining chips to force us to approve any future plans created by the bipartisan Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction that is formed by this bill.
I can assure my constituents and our nation that I will never vote to endanger our seniors, veterans, students, or those in need, by undercutting these important programs.”