Issue Position: Federal Budget
I am convinced that Americans would much rather be working to support their families than drawing unemployment checks. Toward that end, Congress must find a way to increase investment and promote job creation. I believe tax relief legislation is working, benefiting everyone in the process including middle-class families, retired couples, and small business owners. Economic growth, fiscal discipline, and good stewardship of taxpayers' dollars will help us reduce the budget deficit.
The current deficit can be attributed to the expenses associated with homeland defense in a post-9/11 world, the ongoing cost of the war on terrorism and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. While a growing deficit is a real concern, providing the necessary resources to win the war on terrorism and protect our national security should be a budget priority.