Tuesday, August 02, 2011


Statement by Governor Jan Brewer

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords

“Whatever your politics, it was a thrill Monday to see Congresswoman Giffords back on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives and casting a vote along with her colleagues.

“The road back from a gunman’s bullet has been more difficult than any of us can possibly know, but her grit and determination continue to inspire. As with all Arizonans, I will hold Gabby in my thoughts and prayers as she continues her remarkable recovery.”

Congressman Flake: Great to Have Congresswoman Giffords Back in House Chamber Today

Washington, D.C. – Republican Congressman Jeff Flake, who represents Arizona’s Sixth District, released the following statement regarding Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ return to the House of Representatives to vote today.

“It was wonderful to see Gabby back in the House Chamber today. She continues to astound us all with her recovery. What an amazing surprise,” said Flake.


Statement from Arizona State Treasurer Doug Ducey

Increasing the U.S. Debt Limit

PHOENIX – “I am glad that the U.S. Government is not defaulting on its financial obligations, and that the Arizona taxpayer dollars invested in Treasuries are safe. That being said, only in Washington could this deal be considered a solution.

“This debt ceiling bill is a weak and half-hearted first step to getting our financial house in order. Our elected leaders in Washington need to make even tougher decisions in order to get our excessive spending and crushing national debt under control. Even with this debt limit increase our federal government spends far more than it generates and borrows far more than can be sustained.

“Both parties need to find real solutions for businesses and taxpayers that will ultimately generate jobs, not just temporary measures designed to push issues beyond the next election.”

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Congressman Flake Votes Against Debt Deal

Greater Congressional Spending Restraints Needed

Washington, D.C. – Republican Congressman Jeff Flake, who represents Arizona’s Sixth District, today voted against the revised version of the Budget Control Act of 2011.

“I don't think that this deal takes into account the severity of the budget crisis we face. The age-old trick in Washington is to produce a ten-year budget with serious cuts only taking effect in later years. This deal continues that practice. Additionally, the requirement for a balanced budget amendment, which was included in the Boehner bill, was excluded from the final legislation."


Gosar to support Budget Control Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Paul Gosar (AZ-01) today released the following statement on his intention to vote in support of the debt ceiling and spending cut plan negotiated over the weekend:

“Our nation’s debt and spending crisis is like a super tanker. In order to bring a supertanker to a stop, its engines are typically cut off about 15 miles from port. In order to change direction even slightly, the captain has to start the maneuver miles ahead of time. The current bill is a change in direction. But we cannot stop this “supertanker of debt” tonight, in one vote. Our Supertanker of Debt was created over the last 10 years or more. We cannot undo a decade of wasteful spending in one night. I plan on voting for the Budget Control Act tonight even though it is far from perfect. We cannot expect perfection when the Senate and the White House is fighting us on even acknowledging the severity of the problem. The Senate has not even passed a budget in 824 days.

I preferred the Cut, Cap and Balance Act. I heard the people loud and clear. This bill is far from perfect, but it is actually a milestone of progress. The people spoke in November and sent me to DC. We have heard you. We will continue to listen.”


Franks Holds Out for Balanced Budget Amendment

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following today's vote on House Speaker John Boehner's debt ceiling proposal, Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-02) -- one of a handful of conservatives to make his support for the Boehner plan dependent upon the addition of a Balanced Budget Amendment -- today released the following statement:

"The President has constantly said that he wants the House and Senate to take a balanced approach to solving the debt crisis. Unfortunately, his repeated rhetoric misses the mark completely, as he and the Democrats deliberately refuse to consider the one truly balanced approach and permanent solution to this problem: a Balanced Budget Amendment to the United States Constitution.

"Throughout this process, I have steadfastly insisted that any debt ceiling legislation I would support must require future spending accountability in the form of a Balanced Budget Amendment.

"Americans have had enough of Washington's budget tricks, accounting gimmicks, and empty promises. It's time to stop kicking the can further down the road. The Balanced Budget Amendment is precisely the kind of common-sense solution Americans expected when they elected this Congress to change the broken system in Washington last November."


Congressman Franks is serving his fifth term in the U.S. House of Representatives and is a member of the Judiciary Committee, where he serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and a member of the Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law. He is also a member of the Armed Services Committee, where he serves on the Strategic Forces Subcommittee and the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities.

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