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Where I Stand on Sequestration


Location: Washington, DC

As we end the month, I would like to update you on where I stand on the important topic of sequestration.

As you know, I am the only member of the U.S. House of Representatives in the last nine years to vote against every increase in the federal debt limit. As such, I have long been an advocate of cutting spending everywhere we can as we face trillion dollar deficits as far as the eye can see. In fact, I am pleased to report that just yesterday House Speaker John Boehner agreed to my suggestion that we halt taxpayer-funded overseas trips for members of Congress.

So I strongly support cutting spending.

The problem with sequestration is not that it will cut spending. The problem is that it will require indiscriminate across-the-board cuts that are disproportionately focused on our military.

That is not the right way to achieve the spending reductions we need. That is one of the major reasons why I voted against S. 365 -- the so-called "Budget Control Act of 2011" that raised the debt limit by over $2 trillion and brought us sequestration.

In the 18 months since President Obama signed S. 365 into law, I have cosponsored several bills and offered up many suggestions for achieving alternative spending reductions that would save much more money than sequestration, and would avoid the impact that sequestration will have on our military. Those ideas include eliminating foreign aid and taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood, repealing Obamacare, trimming the non-DOD federal workforce, cutting the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, ending the bailouts of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, eliminating the federal Department of Education, and stopping the $235 million-a-day that America is spending in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, President Obama has done nothing but travel across the country calling for even more tax increases, which I strongly oppose.

It is way past time for the president to stop campaigning and to start working with Congress to replace the sequester with real spending cuts of at least the same dollar amount that do not unfairly harm our military.

These are the values that I will continue to fight for as your representative.

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