Thursday, November 03, 2005

DeLay blames Democrats, war for runaway federal spending

Delay has enhaled too many pesticides.KRT Wire | 11/03/2005 | DeLay blames Democrats, war for runaway federal spending: "Republicans may control Congress and the White House, but a leading House Republican says they can't be blamed for runaway federal spending on their watch.

Blame it on the war, said Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas. Or the Democrats.

'The 9-11 recovery, the war on terror, our homeland security buildup and related priorities have required Congress to spend more than we otherwise would have,' the former majority leader of the House of Representatives told an audience Thursday at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.

'These things needed doing, and they needed doing quickly. Yes, they were expensive, but they were necessary and time-sensitive, and, given the circumstances, we were right to err on the side of security over thrift.'

He also blamed Democrats, complaining that they haven't offered any suggestions on how to cut spending. He said they created a congressional budget process that makes it difficult to cut spending.

'We've been operating off a Congress designed by Democrats,' he said.

The Republicans took control of Congress in 1995."


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