Democrats Pass Budget Resolution Charting Path Forward for Reckless Spending Spree, Massive Growth of Government | #socialmedia

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND), a
Senate Budget Committee member, issued the following statement on Senate
Democrats passing their $4.2 trillion Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) Budget Resolution

“Hours after a strong bipartisan vote
to revitalize America’s infrastructure, Senate Democrats did an about-face and
passed a purely partisan budget resolution aimed at growing federal government
spending by over $4 trillion. Their reckless tax-and-spend agenda is a threat
to the American people and their way of life. It would dramatically expand the
federal bureaucracy, raise the cost of living, and lower the value of Americans’
hard-earned income. As this budget process moves forward, I urge my Democratic
colleagues to change course and resist the extreme views of their liberal,
socialist base.”

The FY22 Budget Resolution lays the parameters for
Democrats to craft and pass their official budget once the House of
Representatives follows the Senate and passes the resolution. After that, the
relevant committees are instructed by the resolution to offer their parts of
the budget for Congress to consider by September 15, 2021. The topline for
Democrats’ FY22 Budget Resolution includes:

  • $4.2
    trillion in new spending over 10 years.
  • $400
    billion in defense cuts, compared to current law projection.
  • Leeway
    for the Senate Finance Committee to pay for new spending entirely with new taxes.

To oppose the measure, Senate Republicans offered
a series of amendments to the resolution during what is known as a vote-a-rama,
where they forced several votes aimed at either changing or removing negative
parts of the resolution, or highlighting the extreme positions held by some or
all of the Senate Democratic members. Those votes covered a wide range of
issues including life, energy, education, and taxes. Senator Cramer cosponsored
several amendments including one proposed by Senator Shelley Moore Capito
(R-WV) to deploy carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration (CCUS)
technologies; and one from Senator John Hoeven (R-ND)  promoting increased
deployment and use of reliable baseload power resources like coal and nuclear
energy. Both passed with bipartisan support. Senator Cramer offered his
reaction to these and other votes in real-time on social media. Read his comments here

Senator Cramer also introduced
a number of amendments in the areas of energy, agriculture, health care, and veterans’
affairs. One which received a vote on the Senate floor was his amendment
to prohibit the Biden Administration from banning hydraulic fracturing. It
passed with bipartisan support despite 42 Democrats voting against it. Before
the vote, Senator Cramer delivered remarks on the floor calling for its

“Democrats enacting a ban on fracking would weaken
national security, increase global emissions, and take more money out of the
pocketbooks of hardworking Americans,” said Senator Cramer. “If
they reject our amendment to their reckless tax-and-spend proposal, Senate
Democrats would be admitting that imposing their radical agenda on the American
people is more important than lowering costs for their constituents, protecting
our national security, or even decreasing the world’s carbon footprint.”

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