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Issue Position: Spending

Issue Position

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We can't spend money we don't have.

Stop spending so much money! Stop spending what we do not have! The reason the federal government does not have enough money is because it is doing too many things. We cannot keep spending money we do not have for things that we want to do. Just like your family, my family has to make choices about what we can and cannot afford. We prioritize what is essential. Congress must do the same thing. Our national debt will not recover until we cut the size and scope of the federal government.

Stimulus spending? My grandparents would NEVER have said, "Things are tough, so I think I will make it easier on me by making it tougher on my grandchildren." But that is exactly what current Washington leaders are doing. They don't like today, so they make their life easier by making it tougher on my kids. Taking money from one family through taxes and debt spending and distributing it to another family is redistribution of wealth, not economic stimulus. Federal government policies should not encourage more personal or national debt.

By law, all spending bills must originate in the U.S. House of Representatives. This is one of the primary areas in which I can make a difference. We must cut spending and stop going deeper and deeper into debt.

In 2010, Republicans in the House of Representatives pledged not to request any earmarks for one year. That pledge should be extended indefinitely and the earmark process should be abolished from the House rules.

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