I expected my e-mail box to be full this morning with released statements from our Congressional delegation. Apparently because of the holiday, however, only Rep. David Schweikert (R-CD5) sent out an e-mail. Other statements had to be hunted down on Facebook pages or elsewhere. They are reproducted below.
First, however, Schweikert was on CNN shortly before the vote, decrying the bill that he was being forced to vote on. Though he pulled back (slightly) from calling it "baloney", he spared no other words:
None of the Arizona delegation spoke on the House floor yesterday.
Although we did not see the details of the increased spending (yet), we did start to look at the bill itself that was passed last night. The table of contents is below the Representatives' statements.
Rep. Ron Barber (D-CD8): “We finally took the necessary step to extend tax cuts for more than 98 percent of Americans,” Barber said after tonight’s vote. “But our job is far from over. We again have failed to substantively address our nation’s growing debt and deficit.”
Gosar went on to say, "As a healthcare provider I understand the significance of a patient acknowledging that they have a disease. It is only with this recognition that they can fully participate in their own treatment and overcome it. Our nation has developed an illness - out of control spending, borrowing and taxing. Simple economics and common sense give us the cure. However, before we can start treatment for our addiction we as a nation have to recognize that we are sick and be willing to stop. Tonight's vote is a painful reminder that many still aren't willing to see the constant decline in our nations fiscal health and well being."
Rep. Jeff Flake (R-CD6): "In the twelve years I've been voting in the House, it has been a rare occasion when I have agreed with all aspects of a bill. That's the nature of the legislative process. Sometimes you just have to plug your nose and vote for bills that, on balance, take you in the right direction. I wish I could do that tonight, with what is likely to be my last vote in the House.
Rep. David Schweikert (R-CD5): “Sadly, a new year brings more of the same.
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