Oversight Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service & Labor Policy Chairman, Congressman Dennis A. Ross (R-FL), today voted NO on adding $89 billion of IOUs to the Social Security Trust Fund. After the vote, Congressman Ross said,
"The American people are living through a subprime mortgage crisis and today's "deal' only reinforces the reality that they are also living through a subprime government in Washington. Upside down on the national mortgage and in debt $2.5 trillion to grandma and grandpa, this government decides to borrow more. It is unconscionable and it is wrong."
Congressman Ross, whose pension reform bill (HR 3813) was used, without his support, as an offset to this spending spree, concluded by saying, "We should stop Congressional pension perks because it is the right thing to do, not to pay for something else. We should require federal workers to join the rest of the America and actually pay something for their pensions because it is the right thing to do, not to pay for something else. We should call the President's bluff and introduce his fiscal commission recommendations and pass real tax reform because it is the right thing to do. We should stand firm against the Senate and the President on balancing the budget because it is the right thing to do. Lastly, we should not borrow on the backs or our kids and grandkids to satisfy the demagogue at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, while real pro-growth, free markets, job-creating policies are just waiting to be unleashed."
Dennis Ross, son of Bill and Loyola Ross, was born in 1959 and raised in Lakeland, Florida. He graduated from Auburn University and the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. He has served as in-house counsel to the Walt Disney Company and as an associate of the law firm of Holland & Knight. Prior to serving in Congress, he owned and operated his own law firm, Ross Vecchio PA, specializing in Workers' Compensation defense. He previously served in the Florida Legislature from 2000 until being term limited in 2008. Dennis and his wife, Cindy Hartley, were married in 1983 and have two sons, Shane and Travis.
In the 112th Congress, Dennis will serve on the Committee on Oversight & Government Reform (Chairman of the Federal Workforce, Postal Service & Labor Policy Subcommittee) as well as the Education & the Workforce and Judiciary Committees.