Poliquin’s Statement On The Bipartisan Budget Act
WASHINGTON – Maine’s Second District Congressman, Bruce Poliquin, released the following statement in regard to the Bipartisan Budget Act:
“This secretive process of negotiating major funding deals between President Obama and our Congressional Leaders, both Republican and Democratic, is not right and it isn’t fair to the American people.
“I have always believed that Members of Congress, who represent the People, must have a say in the negotiations and be allowed to offer amendments in order to voice our constituents’ views. This is the view our forefathers had in mind when they wrote the Constitution of the United States and this is how I believe we should govern – not by crisis to crisis.
“That being said, we cannot allow our Nation to default on our loans and financial obligations.
“Additionally, we must not allow our government to shutdown. In 2013, the government shutdown cost our economy $24 billion, and it directly impacted Maine communities, such as Acadia National Park – reducing tourism-related sales by 1 million dollars per day in the Bar Harbor area.
“While I have serious concerns about some aspects, the Bipartisan Budget Act will repeal ObamaCare’s auto-enroll mandate, put us on the path to consider legislation that includes provisions authored by me to help protect jobs at Twin Rivers Paper Company and Sappi Paper Mill, and keeps us on the right track to balance our budget within 10 years.
“Very importantly, the Bipartisan Budget Act will fully fund our National Defense so our Troops can continue to protect Americans – at home and abroad. Furthermore, this funding will help protect and secure Maine jobs at Bath Iron Works and at other small business defense sub-contractors across Maine.
“This Budget Act does not change the long term, ten-year, budget plan which is set to pay down our deficit and debt. As Maine’s Second District Congressman, I will continue to push for a Balanced Budget Constitutional Amendment in order to stop President Obama’s reckless and irresponsible spending agenda. A Balanced Budget Amendment would end the continual deficit spending and set our Nation on the right track for our children and grandchildren.”