Gwinnett Daily Post– U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Ga., voted against a bipartisan budget bill that would have lifted federal spending caps on Wednesday, arguing it lacked needed programmatic reforms and timely spending.
The House passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 mostly on the backs of 187 Democrats who were joined by 79 Republicans. Woodall was among 167 representatives — all Republicans — who voted against it.
“I’m proud of the progress we’ve made in reducing federal discretionary spending over the last four years, but the truth remains we have much more work to do – and until we address our mandatory spending programs, we are ignoring the real problem,” Woodall said in a statement.
“I’m eager to continue the work of crafting meaningful, long-term solutions to our fiscal problems, but I believe we can do better than this budget agreement.”
The federal debt limit would be suspended through March 2017 and the government would be greenlit to increase spending by more than $80 million over a two-year period if the bill becomes law, according to Woodall’s office.
The bill, which was introduced by Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-Penn., is now headed to the Senate for consideration.