Rep. Grimm Statement on Passage of the Budget Deal

WASHINGTON, DC -  Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R,C-NY) issued the following statement:

“Today, I voted for a plan to keep America from defaulting on its obligations without raising taxes and mandating spending cuts greater than the amount the debt ceiling was raised – two principles I have stood by throughout this debate. Today’s legislation is far from perfect, and the cuts do not go nearly far enough, but it’s a realistic approach that moves us in the right direction towards economic security.  This vote and the preceding debate show that Washington is starting to listen to the American people - something long overdue that Americans have earned and should never be denied. Today their voices were heard.

“Each day, I hear the frustration of the American people who remind me that this is not the country we grew up in. The good news is that we can, and will, get it back. The people of Staten Island and Brooklyn sent me to Congress to restore accountability and find a real solution to Washington’s spending addiction. Today’s vote was a small step towards that solution, and the beginning of many more to come as we tackle our out-of-control debt.

“I still believe we live in the greatest nation on earth and with each step forward, you have my commitment we will return to the strong and vibrant country we have always been.  By continuing to put the people of America before the politics of Washington, we can restore the fiscal discipline needed to get our country back on the path to economic prosperity.”