Keller Statement on Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019

July 29, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Fred Keller (PA-12) released the following statement after voting against the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019:

“When I worked in private industry, we balanced a budget and made sure that costs never exceeded revenues. As a state representative in Harrisburg, I warned against saddling our kids with massive debt and fought to stop out of control spending. The people of the 12th District live within their means every day. They sent me to Washington to continue to fight for fiscal responsibility. That’s why I voted no on the budget agreement.

“This budget increases the 10-year spending baseline by $1.7 trillion, increases our debt to 97 percent of GDP by 2029, and raises the budget caps by $322 billion. With our national debt approaching $23 trillion, this level of spending is simply unacceptable.

“Unfortunately, Speaker Pelosi controls the House and its power of the purse. Given House Democrats’ desire for excessive spending and their refusal to offset costs, I commend President Trump for getting the best deal he could get, fighting to increase support for our military, and working hard to cut waste. This is an area in which I look forward to working with the Administration and my House colleagues as we move forward.”