Ellsworth Backs Statutory PAYGO
Rep. Brad Ellsworth today reiterated his support for legislation requiring new government spending to be paid for through budget cuts or other savings. Flanked by Ellsworth and other members of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition, President Barack Obama announced his support for reinstituting statutory pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) rules during a White House press conference this afternoon. Ellsworth issued the following statement after the event:
"Even in these tough economic times, Hoosier families are making the tough choices to balance their family's budget. Washington must be held to the same standard when it comes to our nation's budget.
"Restoring fiscal responsibility can't just be a Democratic goal or a Republican goal. We must all work together to reign in unnecessary spending and make the tough choices to get our fiscal house in order. PAYGO budget rules are an essential tool to restore some much-needed fiscal discipline and bring runaway deficits under control.
"I am pleased President Obama has given this important legislation his support, and I hope Congress will pass it soon."
During the opening hours of the 110th Congress, Ellsworth supported instituting pay-as-you-go budget rules in the House. The legislation would give those rules the force of law; requiring compliance by the Senate.
Ellsworth is a member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition, a group of centrist Democrats who focus on fiscal issues in Congress.