I am pleased to report that we just passed a budget plan in the House that seeks to put our nation on a path to fiscal solvency and end the days of governing from crisis to crisis. The budget plan, sponsored by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, tackles our long-term debt by reforming and improving mandatory spending programs. The proposal will finally bring spending in line with revenue in just ten years with NO TAX HIKES.
I am proud to say that the Ryan budget plan reflects the good sense and financial prudence of hardworking Americans, like those in Dothan and Montgomery and Wetumpka and Enterprise and Greenville and Troy and Prattville and all throughout Alabama’s Second Congressional District.
Leaders in the Senate have proposed a vastly different budget that includes another TRILLION dollar tax increase and more stimulus spending. What’s worse, the Senate proposal does not achieve balance. Ever. Senator Jeff Sessions pointed out that the Senate Majority's proposal increases federal debt per household by more than $50,000 over the next decade. While I appreciate the Senate Majority’s willingness to finally work on a budget for the first time in four years, it is clear they are not serious about addressing the deficit.
The House also considered other alternative budgets, including the Congressional Black Caucus budget, the Congressional Progressive Caucus budget, and the House Democratic Caucus budget. I could not support any of these proposals because they were too extreme and focused on tax increases, not deficit reduction. I also could not support a budget proposed by the Republican Study Committee because I made a promise not to cut Medicare benefits for people who are 55 years and older, which, unfortunately, the RSC budget did. Ultimately, the Ryan balanced budget plan prevailed, and I was proud to vote for it.
I realize budgets are not the most exciting topic, but I care deeply about this issue for one reason: I want a better, more financially secure future for my children and your children and all of the next generation. They will be the ones to suffer if we continue down this current path of reckless spending and mounting debt. I hope you will join me in urging Senate leaders to pass the Ryan proposal so we can put our country back on a path to fiscal sanity and economic prosperity.
Meetings This Week
We had another busy week in Washington full of Congressional hearings and meetings. I chaired an Armed Services Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee briefing on ways to promote efficiency in the Department of Defense. During this time of budget cuts, we must be on the lookout for bloated bureaucracy, including at the Pentagon.
I also took part in an Agriculture Committee hearing to markup legislation that would begin to ease the regulatory burden of Dodd-Frank. Red tape and over-regulation are some of the greatest inhibitors of economic success, and the Dodd-Frank law is full of needless government overreach.
I was pleased to welcome folks from Alabama into the office this week, including:
· Rheem Manufacturing
· Alabama Conservation Districts
· Alacare Home Health and Hospice
· and Southern Peanut Farmers and Producers.
I always appreciate meeting with groups from Alabama and discussing what issues are important to them. Thanks to everyone who stopped in to visit!
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