I am fully committed to reining in the out of control spending in Washington and producing a budget that restores fiscal discipline. You may be interested to know that Congress passed H.R. 1473, the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, with my vote in support, on April 14, 2011. This legislation cut $78.5 billion in federal spending this year, $315 billion over 10 years, and is the largest federal spending cut in history.
Congress is currently debating its budget resolution for fiscal year (FY) 2012 and will soon after take up its 12 annual appropriations bills. The budget resolution put forth by the House Budget Committee reduces non-security discretionary spending to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels, as well as cuts federal spending by $6.2 trillion over the next 10 years. Additionally, this resolution takes steps to protect and preserve Social Security and Medicare. With no changes in benefits made to those over 55, this budget also saves Medicare for future generations with patient-centered reforms. More importantly, this proposal provides flexibility to governors on Medicaid to make local decisions on how best to care for their residents.
The new Republican majority in the House pledged to reduce our annual deficit, work toward eliminating our culture of big spending, and implement a balanced budget. I am actively working with my colleagues in these efforts and am a co-sponsor of H.J.Res. 2, legislation which would add a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States. I have serious concerns about our national debt and the danger it poses to our economic stability. Please be assured that I will continue to work on addressing the major issues with our debt so we can put our country back on the path to economic recovery.