Last week, I was proud to introduce my first bill in Congress. The Cut, Cap, and Balance Act -- which I co-authored with Rep. Chaffetz (UT) and Rep. Ribble (WI) -- simply says that if the president wants to raise the debt ceiling, then we want to cut spending now, cap spending in the near-term, and pass a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The fact of the matter is that we don't want to be back here raising the debt ceiling again in five or ten years.
Not only did this bill receive an enormous amount of support, but on Tuesday (just two days before my 44th birthday) it passed the House on the bipartisan vote of 234-190 and was sent over to the Senate. That's right, they may have the "Gang of 6″ in the Senate, but we have the "Gang of 234″ in the House.
Unfortunately, many in the Senate aren't interested in cutting government spending. In fact, giving the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act the best endorsement we could have hoped for, Senator Harry Reid called it the "worst legislation" ever. Yes, the same Harry Reid who fought so hard to protect earmarks for cowboy poetry festivals, thinks that a plan to balance the budget is the worst bill ever.
His speech reflects the attitude of many in Washington who do not want to see the government live within its means. They refuse to ask "Can we afford it?" Instead, they take the "we can't afford not to" approach. And that's why we have the largest deficits in history and a $14.3 trillion national debt.
It will take a lot of work to push back against the big-spenders' extreme message, and we need your help to do it. You can click here to make a $44 donation for my birthday or a $234 donation in support of the "Gang of 234." With your support, we can work together to change the way Washington does business!