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Congressman Randy Hultgren

Representing the 14th District of ILLINOIS

Hultgren Votes For Largest Spending Cut In U.S. History

Apr 14, 2011
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today voted to cut $38.5 billion in federal spending, the largest such cut in American history.

“Today’s vote is the largest spending cut in U.S. history and a critical first step in our efforts to restore fiscal sanity to Washington D.C.,” said Hultgren, a freshman. “Beyond the immediate cuts, today’s vote will also save taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars over the next ten years. This is real money, and while we have a long way to go, it is proof positive that we have succeeded in changing Washington’s culture from one of spending increases or spending ‘freezes,’ to actually cutting spending.”

The bill, H.R. 1473, passed by a vote of 260-167, with bipartisan support. It is the product of a compromise struck between Republican leadership in the House of Representatives; Democratic leadership in the Senate; and the White House.

“While this deal is admittedly imperfect, I believe it was the best deal we could have hoped for under the circumstances,” said Hultgren, referring to Democratic control of the Senate and White House. “I’m pleased that we were able to get roughly two-thirds of the cuts we called for while controlling only one-third of the legislative process.

“H.R. 1473 contains many worthwhile provisions, such as increasing government accountability by defunding four of the Administration’s ‘czars,’ and also protects critical national interests such as basic scientific research. By passing this bill, we also avoided the prospect of a governmental shutdown, which might have threatened our nation’s tenuous economic recovery. Today’s vote was a vital first step in cutting spending and restoring our nation’s fiscal health, and I look forward to continuing those efforts in the days and weeks ahead.”