Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties two members of Congress both voted for the budget control act, but say they have major misgivings for much different reasons.
Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Barbara says she voted for the plan to avoid default, and insure America continues to pay its bills. But, she says it’s not legislation she would have written, calling it a bitter pill to swallow, but necessary to keep the full faith and credit of the United States. Capps is worried that it will lead to major cuts of important programs, and services.
Republican Congressman Elton Gallegly of Simi Valley says while it wasn’t a perfect bill, it gives America a strong down payment on cutting the nation’s deficit, reducing federal spending, and getting the government’s financial house in order. Gallegly feels the cuts don’t go far enough.
The deal aims to cut $2.4 billion dollars in federal spending over the next decade. No new federal taxes would be added until at least after the 2012 election.