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Walker Votes Against Budget to Raise Spending Caps and Suspend the Debt Ceiling

February 9, 2018
Press Release
"This budget irresponsibly and unnecessarily escalates a serious threat at home. Fiscal discipline is not a principle of convenience and responsible governing requires making the tough choices and keeping your promises."

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) today released to following statement after voting against the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018:

“Fully funding our military gives our servicemen and servicewomen the tools they need as they face threats abroad. However, this budget irresponsibly and unnecessarily escalates a serious threat at home. Fiscal discipline is not a principle of convenience and responsible governing requires making the tough choices and keeping your promises. Last year, I helped craft a budget that balances, includes more than 250 responsible spending reforms and controls the size of government, providing a strong fiscal foundation for generations to come. That is why the people of North Carolina sent me to Congress, not to throw more money towards our problems at the expense of our children and grandchildren.”

The budget deal will:

  • Extend discretionary spending to March 23, 2018, at current levels. 
  • Amend the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA) to raise the discretionary spending limits on defense and non-defense spending by a total of $296 billion over FY2018 and FY2019.
  • Suspend the debt limit until March 1, 2019.
  • Provide $434 million for the Department of Defense to repair facilities and replace equipment. 
  • Increase deficits by $320 billion over ten years.