Government spending is out of control and is on an unsustainable path. Our nation's $14 trillion debt and a deficit that will exceed $1 trillion is threatening to further stifle our economic growth, impeding job creation from businesses, and placing at risk the future of our children and grandchildren. The excessive government spending has to stop.
This 112th Congress has taken steps to regain our fiscal sanity and to help get us back on the right track. We have demonstrated to the American people that we are willing to make the tough decisions that the country needs. I supported a budget that offered a courageous attempt to significantly cut spending and tackle the debt crisis by reducing spending by $5.8 trillion over the next ten years. It also takes bold steps toward tackling entitlement reform, an essential and necessary component of any serious debt reduction plan.
Along with a majority of my House colleagues, I have also voted against unconditionally raising the nation's debt ceiling without a meaningful, long-term plan to substantially reduce federal spending, grow our economy and create jobs.