Speaker Pelosi Ends 2009 the Same Way She Started It -- Increasing our Nation's Debt
Earlier this week the House wrapped up its work for the year. Unfortunately, for taxpayers, Speaker Pelosi ended the first session of this Congress the same way she started it in January. After eleven months of spending at an alarming rate, our nation reached and surpassed the $12.1 debt ceiling. Rather than cutting back like most folks do when they run out of money, the House voted to increase the debt ceiling, sending future generations $290 billion more in IOUs.
Wednesday night, just minutes after voting to increase the debt limit, the House narrowly passed another so-called "stimulus" that unfortunately is very similar to the stimulus that passed in February. Much of the money authorized in the first stimulus has not even been spent yet, so it does not make sense to throw even more money to the very same programs. Small businesses are the engine of job-creation in our nation, but the bill the House passed yesterday will not stimulate job-growth or creation, and it won't jumpstart our economy.
Before I was elected to Congress, Republicans in Washington borrowed and spent too much, but since Democrats took control of Congress in January 2007, the nation's debt has increased by 39 percent, from $8.670 trillion to $12.071 trillion. These irresponsible and unsustainable spending habits cannot continue. It is time to go back to the drawing board to work on a plan to draw down the debt and encourage job growth in the private sector. I hope that when Congress returns in January, Speaker Pelosi will work with all members of Congress on fiscally responsible plans to create jobs and bring down the debt.
President Ignores Americans, Decides to Bring Suspected Terrorists to American Soil
Earlier this week, President Obama announced his intention to send the suspected terrorists from Guantanamo Bay to the Thomson Correction Center in northern Illinois. While I am pleased the President decided Fort Leavenworth is the wrong location to move the suspected terrorists, I remain firm in my stance that the best place for those dangerous individuals is at Guantanamo Bay. The American people do not support the President's plan to close Guantanamo Bay, and I find it troubling that he insists on sending them to any community in the United States.
Voting to Support Our Troops
Each of us has an obligation to support our military men and women. As your voice in Washington, I take very seriously the responsibility of supporting our troops. This week I voted for the fiscal year 2010 Department of Defense Appropriations Act. The legislation includes necessary funding for national security needs as well as resources to continue our military efforts abroad and here at home. There is a strong military presence in Eastern Kansas, and I will always do everything in my power to ensure our troops have the resources they need to be successful.
Wishing You and Your Family a Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year
There are many challenges facing our nation, but over the next week we will turn our focus to the holidays, spending time with friends and loved ones and being thankful for the blessings we have been given in this country. I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. It is an honor to represent you in Washington, and I look forward to continuing to work for you in the New Year.