12.19.11

Senator Burr Statement on Today’s Senate Wrap-Up Votes

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) issued the following statement on today's Senate votes:

"While I remain concerned about extending the temporary payroll tax holiday, this bill contained appropriate offsets to pay for the extension, and the job creating provisions in the bill that provide for work on the Keystone Pipeline are difficult to oppose. In addition to creating jobs, the Keystone Pipeline represents a step towards greater energy security for America, which ultimately equates to national security. The bill also contained very important provisions to appropriately reimburse doctors who treat Medicare patients, which is vital for the millions of Americans who enjoy benefits under that program.

"I voted against the omnibus spending bill for one simple reason, it spends too much money. Despite being one of the primary responsibilities of Congress, it has been over two years since we have passed an actual budget. That is inexcusable, and we must pass a fiscally responsible budget that reins in federal spending and puts our country back on the path to fiscal sanity and economic recovery. The American people deserve a transparent, responsible budget, not just more of the same."