In these challenging economic times it is even more important for government to control spending. The federal government must work to both eliminate every cent of waste and squeeze every cent of value out of each dollar our citizens entrust to it. Families all across our nation understand what it means to make tough decisions each day about what they can and cannot afford, and Congress should not be allowed to ignore these tough decisions in the name of political expediency when creating spending policies for the federal government. Each year I vote for the tightest budget offered but each year the Congress fails to adopt it and agrees to spend too much. Reining in spending is the key to strengthening our workforce, growing our economy and keeping America competitive.