Bill would increase federal spending through FY 2015, cut military retiree benefits, and raise taxes on airline passengers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) announced his opposition to the “Ryan-Murray” Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 (H. J. Res. 59) that purports to trim the deficit by a small margin over the next 10 years but enacts immediate increases in federal spending. He issued the following statement regarding his vote against the bill:

“Americans are fed up with the tired Washington game of spending more today while promising cuts in the distant future, most of which never materialize,” said Congressman Jones. “Sadly, this budget deal is just more of the same, and it will increase federal spending by $63 billion over the next two years. At a time when the national debt is an astonishing $17 trillion, our focus should be on eliminating wasteful federal spending now – particularly overseas spending in countries such as Afghanistan, which will continue unabated under the terms of this bill. The bill also breaks faith with our retired service members by cutting the retiree benefits they have rightfully earned through their years of selfless service to our country. Furthermore, the bill imposes an increased ‘fee’ – otherwise known as a tax – on every airline passenger in the country. Given these facts, I cannot in good conscience support this legislation.”

The “Ryan-Murray” Bipartisan Budget Act has garnered opposition from a wide variety of conservative organizations, including Heritage Action for America, Americans for Prosperity, the Family Research Council, RedState, Tea Party Patriots, FreedomWorks, the American Conservative Union, the National Taxpayers Union, Americans for Limited Government, The Madison Project, and The Club for Growth. Also opposed to the deal is The Military Coalition, an alliance of uniformed services and veterans associations.


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