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GOP budget resolution passes; Owens votes 'no'

North Country Congressman Bill Owens voted against a budget resolution offered up by the House's Republican leadership late last week.

The resolution was drafted by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin.

"While we all agree that it is well-past time to cut federal spending and get our fiscal house in order, we must do so in a responsible way that does not cripple Medicare or Social Security, or stifle the momentum we have seen in the way of job creation," Owens said in a prepared statement, adding that the Ryan resolution does not reflect the values of upstate New York.

"It is my hope that we can come together once again and incorporate the best ideas from President Obama and both sides of the aisle in Congress as Washington moves forward to craft a 2012 budget that focuses on job creation, deficit and debt reduction, and turning the nation's view to one of bipartisan problem solving, leading us to continued prosperity," Owens said.

The budget resolution passed a vote of 235-193. The House GOP budget is not expected to pass the Senate or be signed by President Barack Obama.

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