Duncan Statement on Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018

February 9, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) released the following statement regarding his no vote on the short-term spending package:

“I’m appalled at the disastrous “deal” that was struck between a coalition of Congressional Republicans and Democrats on the short-term spending package. I could not in good faith support legislation that spends more this year than any year under the Obama Administration and increases discretionary spending by 13%. We have a spending problem in this country, not a revenue problem. Cutting government spending is the only way we will improve our nation’s fiscal situation. While there were some positive measures in the bill, like ensuring that our military receives adequate funding, this simply puts our country down too dangerous of a path in terms of spending.

“This process is an unacceptable way to govern. Congress voted to increase our national debt and raise the debt ceiling with little deliberation. If we aren’t willing to have tough conversations and stick to our principles, then why did the American people send us to Washington? 

“Our nation deserves more from their elected representatives. With Republicans controlling the House, Senate, and White House, it’s disheartening to see many Members of Congress abandon their promise of fiscal responsibility when we are given an opportunity to really make a difference for the next generation.

“We have to get serious about our nation’s spending addiction immediately. We are in a crisis, and the vote this morning only made it worse.”