Congressman Parker Griffith encouraged north Alabamians to take part in a new initiative announced today designed to defeat runaway spending in Congress. The first-of-its-kind project, YouCut, was launched today by House Republican Whip Eric Cantor. The project allows citizens to vote, both online and on a cell phone, on spending cuts that they would want to see the House enact.
"Congress is spending money it does not have and is placing our burden of debt onto the backs of our children's children. The federal government must learn once again to live within its means. America is at a crossroads and the choices we make at this critical time will determine what kind of country we will be. This program gives people the ability across the country, and Alabama, to make their voices heard, to vote on what they think should be cut from the federal budget.
"To get back on the right path, Congress must make more responsible choices on how to spend taxpayer's dollars. The goal of the project is not to solve our deficit problems overnight, but to allow democracy in action tell us how to replace the culture of spending that now dominates Washington.
"During these economic times, Washington should be cutting back and making fiscally sound decisions as our north Alabama families have had to do. The irresponsible spending must stop and I encourage people to vote in YouCut to make their voices heard," said Griffith.
Participants can vote to cut the following programs from the federal budget:
* Presidential Election Fund
* Taxpayer Subsidized Union Activities
* HUD Program for Doctoral Dissertations
* New Non-Reformed Welfare Program
* Eliminate Wealthier Communities from Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG)
To participate, please click here - "YouCut" - A Project to Change the Spending Culture in Washington.