The biggest challenge facing our nation today is the culture of spending that has taken over Washington, D.C. I have fought hard to change the conversation from "how much can we spend" to "how much can we save", and we have succeeded in beginning to change that mindset. However, there is still a lot of work left to be done.
We must use taxpayer dollars wisely and efficiently. Tax dollars don't grow on trees -- they come from the hard working men and women who earned them. If we don't remember that, and continue bankrupting our nation, it will eventually lead to economic disaster.
Restoring fiscal sanity is much more than a sound bite, it is a necessity. We must cut spending, cap our budgets and pass a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. The time for pet projects and special favors is over. The time for ever-expanding government bureaucracies is over. And the time for blank check spending is over.
I have supported a variety of initiatives in the House to ensure a prosperous future for our children and grandchildren:
Cut, Cap, and Balance Act (HR 2560)
Balanced Budget Amendment (HJRES 2)
Spending Reduction Act (HR 408)
Zero-Baseline Budget Act (HR 920)
One Percent Spending Reduction Act (HR 1848)
Debt Elimination By Tax-Deductible Contribution Act (HR 2214)
Reducing the Size of Federal Government Through Attrition Act (HR 3029)
EDA Elimination Act (HR 3090)
Jobs Through Growth Act (HR 3400)
Biennial Budgeting and Enhanced Oversight Act (HR 3577)
Budget and Accounting Transparency Act (HR3581)
Proposing a spending limit amendment to the Constitution (HJRES 73)
Disapproving debt limit increase (HJRES 77)
Amending the Rules of the House to establish the Committee on Elimination of Nonessential Federal Programs
Expressing the sense of the House that the passage of an FY13 Federal budget is of national importance (HRES 516)
H.Con.Res 34 -- 2012 House-passed budget