Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) has been recognized by one of the nation's leading grassroots organizations for his continued commitment to getting the nation's fiscal house in order.
The Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan, national grassroots organization dedicated to fiscal responsibility on Thursday presented Wolf and 37 other members of Congress with the Paul E. Tsongas Economic Patriot Award. Since 1994, Concord has held its Economic Patriots dinner annually to award individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to its founding principles.
Wolf has long been recognized for his efforts to solve the nation's budget crisis by working with members on both sides of the aisle to develop policies that would decrease our national debt and deficit.
He has advocated putting everything on the table -- entitlement spending, domestic discretionary spending, defense spending and tax reform -- for consideration. Wolf believes comprehensive tax reform is needed to rid the tax code from special interest earmarks that cost hundreds of billions of dollars. He supports making the tax code more simple and fair.
Wolf has supported the recommendations of the Simpson-Bowles Commission, a bipartisan framework intended to identify policies that would improve the current budget crisis in the short-term and create fiscal sustainability in the long-term. He was one of 38 House members to support the Cooper-LaTourette amendment in March, which was based on the Simpson-Bowles commission.
It was the only budget plan to receive bipartisan support in the House this year.
"The Simpson-Bowles commission's report made clear that eliminating the debt and deficit will not be easy," Wolf said. "But the Cooper-LaTourette substitute represented the spirit of bipartisan cooperation that we must have in order to move forward. It's the kind of forthright, realistic conversation about our nation's fiscal future in which we must engage across the aisle, across the Capitol and down Pennsylvania Avenue if we are to have any hope of coming up with a credible plan to protect the fiscal future for our children and grandchildren."
All 38 members who supported the amendment received the award, which was accepted by Reps. Jim Cooper (D-TN) and Steven LaTourette (R-OH) on behalf of all the honorees.
Robert L. Bixby, Concord's executive director, commended Wolf and his fellow honorees for their support.
"This is what responsible budgeting is all about," he said. "It is also what political leadership is all about. We salute the courage it took for these 38 members of Congress to vote for this plan in the face of strong opposition from many congressional colleagues and a wide range of powerful special interests. We will need more such courage and leadership in the months and years ahead."