Last week, President Obama addressed members of Congress and the nation about his plan for jobs. With unemployment above 10 percent in Mississippi and above 9 percent nationally, families across north Mississippi do not need another speech from the President. They need Washington to get out of the way and let the free economy grow so that our employers can create jobs, and hard-working men and women in our state can find a good job.
President Obama proposed a $447 billion jobs package that sounds a lot like the first unsuccessful stimulus plan endorsed by the President and Democratic Leadership. We cannot continue with more failed policies that use our grandchildren's money to solve the problems of today. Instead, Congress must stand up to the job-destroying regulations that are choking our businesses, and create certainty in the market by adhering to strict spending caps and passing a balanced budget amendment that will lower our national debt.
Since January, I have been fighting to reign in Washington's unrestrained spending and change the way this place works. Our job creators understand that paying down our debt and holding Washington accountable means more jobs.
During the month of August, I had the opportunity to visit with many of you, and your message was "stop the spending." I'd like to share with you the over $10 trillion in cuts that I have voted for since representing you in Congress that will force Washington to start living within its means.
Budget Resolution Votes
* Supported both H.Con.Res. 34, the Ryan Budget, which would reduce spending by $6.2 trillion over 10 years, and the Republican Study Committee (RSC) Budget which went even further in calling for $9.1 trillion in spending cuts over 10 years.
Cuts In FY 2011 Appropriations Bills
* H.R. 1: Cuts $61.5 billion from FY 2011 Discretionary Spending.
* H.Res. 22: Cuts Members Office Budgets/Members Representation Accounts (MRA) by $35.2 million.
* H.J.Res 44: Short term Continuing Resolution (CR) cuts $4 billion dollars in a bill that only funded government for 2 weeks.
* H.J.Res 48: Short term CR cuts $6 billion in a bill that only funded government for 3 weeks.
* H.R. 1363: Defense Appropriations and short term CR cuts $13.1 billion.
* H.R. 1473: Defense and CR for the final 6 months of FY 2011. Cuts $39.8 billion.
Cuts in FY 2012 Appropriations Bills
* H.R. 2017: Homeland Security. Cuts $811 million.
* H.R. 2055: Military Construction/Veterans Affairs. Cuts $1.2 billion.
* H.R. 2112: Agriculture. Cuts $2.67 billion.
* H.R. 2354: Energy and Water. Cuts $1 billion.
* H.R. 2551: Leg. Branch. Cuts $227 million.
* Also voted for at least 11 amendments to various appropriations bills with cuts totaling over $6 billion.
* S. 365, the Budget Control Act. Cuts 900 billion over 10 years.
FY 2012 Appropriations Bills Approved by the Full Committee
* Commerce, Justice, and Science. Cuts $3.1 billion (6% below FY 11).
* Financial Services. Cuts $2 billion (9% below FY 11).
* Interior and Environment, EPA. Cuts $2.1 billion.
Repeals and Program Eliminations
* H.R. 2: Repeal the Job-Killing Health Care Law. Cuts 2.6 trillion over 10 years.
* H.R. 4/P.L. 112-9: Eliminates the 1099 requirement in Obama's health care law. $24.8 billion in spending cuts and $24.7 in tax cuts for net deficit reduction of $166 million over 10 years.
* H.R. 292: Stop Overprinting on Capitol Hill. Cuts $35 million over 10 years.
* H.R. 359: Terminates taxpayer financing of presidential election campaigns and party conventions. Cuts $617 million over 10 years.
* H.R. 830: FHA Refinance Program Termination Act. Cuts $175 million over 10 years, plus prevents Treasury from drawing on a $8 billion line of credit.
* H.R. 836: Emergency Homeowner Relief Program Termination Act. Cuts $840 million over 10 years.
* H.R. 839: HAMP Termination Act of 2011. Cuts $1.4 billion over 10 years.
* H.R. 1213: Repeals mandatory funding provided to States in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to establish American Health Benefit Exchanges. Cuts $14 billion over 10 years.
* H.R. 1214: Repeals mandatory funding for school-based health center construction. Cuts $100 million over 10 years.
For more information on any of my votes, please do not hesitate to contact my office or visit thomas.loc.gov
Stay in touch and God bless,