WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Brian Mast (FL-18) today released the following statement after House passage of the budget:

“Washington’s spending habits are completely out of control, with debt totaling more than $60,000 per person. Every year, families and small businesses are forced to set and live by a budget.  Unfortunately, today’s vote continues the disastrous trend of passing budgets that don’t really balance by using unrealistic expectations to fake the numbers—something book keepers in any company, anywhere, would be fired for doing. 

“After less than a year in Washington, there’s no doubt in my mind that the system is rigged against the vast majority of our country. We need tax reform that lowers rates while closing loopholes used by rich lobbyists. The government needs to spend less and empower the American people to do more. Because this budget doesn’t do nearly enough to end the tax and spend status quo, fails to adequately protect Florida’s seniors and will drive us deeper into debt, I had no choice but to vote no.”