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April 14, 2011

INHOFE: CUTS ARE TOO SMALL

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted against the continuing resolution that funds the government for the remainder of fiscal year 2011 (FY11).  The measure passed the Senate by a vote of 81-19.

 “Supporters of this bill tout the $38 billion in cuts as something to be excited about,” said Inhofe.  “But these cuts are clearly insufficient when you consider that our annual deficit is $1.65 trillion.  We are running a deficit of $4 billion per day.  Obama’s stimulus was $800 billion, and all we can come up with is little under $40 billion in cuts? That just doesn’t cut it.” 

Inhofe continued, “Spending has exploded by 25 percent over the past two years under President Obama and a Democrat controlled Congress, yet we’re really only cutting under 1 percent.  While the bill does fund the military for the remainder of the year, it does so at $513 billion, far below what the Department of Defense requested. 

“I am also disappointed that measures to defund Planned Parenthood, defund Obamacare, and rescind the EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases were not included in the overall package.” 

In separate Senate votes that required 60 votes for passage, Inhofe did vote for all three of those items.  Unfortunately, the vote to defund Planned Parenthood fell short 42-58, and the vote to defund Obamacare fell short 47-53.  Inhofe lead the effort to stop the EPA’s regulation of GHGs.  Even though 64 senators voted in various ways against EPA's cap-and-trade agenda, the Inhofe measure voted on earlier this month fell short 50-50.    

  

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