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Fincher votes to repeal fund

Fincher votes to repeal fund

Posted: Friday, April 15, 2011 5:01 pm

U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher of Tennessee’s Eighth Congressional District voted this week to repeal the Prevention and Public Health Fund.
This fund, established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) — otherwise known as Obamacare, provides the Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary with a slush fund to administer and spend federal funds without further Congressional approval, according to Fincher.
“Today’s vote to repeal Secretary (Kathleen) Sebelius’s slush fund is another tangible step to defund Obamacare,” Fincher said. The provision would provide more than $17 billion to the HHS secretary for the next 10 years.
It also provides the HHS secretary the authority to spend the slush fund on anything from jungle gyms and bike paths to funding lobbying and political education, he said. 
“To say this is wasteful spending is an understatement. Programs like these only further the fact that Obamacare is reckless and harmful to our economy. I will continue efforts to defund this irresponsible government takeover of our health care system and replace it with common-sense reforms.” 
Fincher also issued the following statement on H.R. 1743, Making Appropriations for Department of Defense and Other Departments and Agencies for FY2011: “After careful review of the bipartisan agreement to cut nearly $40 billion from the federal budget this year and hearing from my constituents back home, I decided to cast my vote in favor of this legislation. The spending cuts I voted for Thursday represent the largest real dollar spending cuts in American history. This bill will successfully cut $40 billion from the federal budget this year and hundreds of billions over the next decade. It will provide new tools to help repeal Obamacare, and end funding of four Obama Administration ‘Czars.’ And more importantly, it will provide our troops the support they deserve. The people of Tennessee should be proud — Washington has heard your voices and the days of reckless spending and business as usual has finally come to an end.
“Make no mistake; this legislation is far from perfect, but it is an important step to move forward and implement serious spending cuts and reforms. The fight in Congress may now advance from saving billions to saving trillions. Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid did not rack up this debt overnight, and we certainly will not be able to dig ourselves out of this mess they created with only one piece of legislation. These spending cuts represent a major blow to Washington’s culture of spending, but there is more work to be done in order to create jobs and ensure a better future for Tennessee.”
Fincher represents Tennessee’s eighth congressional district.

Published in The Messenger 4.15.11

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