(Greg Lemon) – WASHINGTON – Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03) today released the following statement on today’s budget vote.
“Admiral Michael Mullen, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called our national debt ‘the most significant threat to our national security.’ Yet this budget bill suspends the debt limit, giving the President a blank check until 2017, without making the significant reforms necessary to reduce spending and address the major drivers of our nearly $18.5 trillion debt. The House has addressed, and I have supported, legislation to boost defense spending to keep our nation safe through the National Defense Authorization Act – which the President vetoed – and the annual defense appropriations bill – which Senate Democrats blocked from getting a vote. At some point, Washington has got to get serious about reducing our spending and the debt. Failure to do so is harmful to our national security. This deal falls short of that standard.”
Congressman Joe Heck represents Nevada’s Third Congressional District in the House of Representatives. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.