Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Schweikert (R-AZ), member of the House Financial Services Committee, made the following statement after the passage of H.R. 2112, the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012 or ‘minibus’:
“I found it necessary to vote against this appropriations bill because it leads us in the wrong direction.
“Earlier this year, I supported the House-passed budget that took significant steps toward fiscal discipline. I still support that budget. However, this measure violates the numbers in the House-passed budget by falling $24 billion short in savings originally promised.
“Secondly, cuts to discretionary spending can only take us so far. Until we address mandatory spending, these continuing resolutions are simply tinkering with the margins.
“We have a duty to be unwavering in our commitment to get Washington back on track and protect the taxpayer. I am disappointed that the House was unable to live up to its promise to the American people today.
“We must do better.”