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Congressman John Campbell says budget cuts don't go far enough

Republican Congressman John Campbell.
Republican Congressman John Campbell.
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Not one Democrat voted for the $61 billion in cuts to this year’s federal budget on Saturday. Three Republicans also voted no. One of them is a former car dealer from Orange County.

The so-called continuing resolution “continues” to fund the federal government for the rest of 2011.

Republican leaders promised to cut $100 million from the budget. They fell about 40 percent short. Republican Congressman John Campbell of Irvine says that’s not good enough. He joined two other GOP colleagues and voted against the budget.

Speaking on the House floor, Campbell insisted cuts to defense must be on the table, saying we must learn to how to defend ourselves for less.

"We need to defend our country against vulnerabilities," he said. "But our debt – which is now 47 percent held by foreigners and that percentage is increasing - is a greater threat to the security of this country than any aircraft carrier."

The House did eliminate a backup engine for a fighter jet, but also made cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Planned Parenthood.

The budget package now goes to the Senate.