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Budget, Spending and Taxes
The issues of Budget, Spending and Taxes are criticical to our country right now. Find out what I'm doing in Congress to curb the out of control spending.
Where I Stand
Federal spending is out of control. America is over $15 trillion in debt, and under our current President, federal budget deficits are running over $1 trillion a year.
I have consistently voted against the big spending bills that got us into this mess, even when most of my party supported them.
For example, I am proud to have voted against President Bush’s ‘No Child Left Behind’ federal takeover of our education system, against his massive expansion of the entitlement system through the Medicare Prescription Drug Bill, against his pork-filled Highway Bill that included the infamous ‘Bridge to Nowhere’, and against his Wall Street bank bailout also known as ‘TARP’.
I also vehemently opposed President Obama’s radical expansion of the federal government. For example, I voted against his ‘Cap-and-Trade’ proposal and against Obamacare. I also opposed and voted against his trillion dollar ‘stimulus’ package. When the country is drowning in debt, the last thing we should be doing is to borrow even more money from overseas in an effort to spend our way out of the problem.
Furthermore, I have voted against every foreign aid spending bill in the past 16 years. It makes no sense to borrow money from countries like China only to then transfer that money to other foreign countries and the United Nations (UN).
And I am extremely proud to have been the ONLY member of the House of Representatives to have voted against every single increase in the federal debt limit over the past eight years. Increasing the federal debt limit and borrowing more money from overseas is not the answer to our nation’s fiscal problems.
America badly needs a balanced budget. I have strongly supported and always voted for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution.
We also need a tax code that encourages economic growth and job creation here at home. I am a strong supporter of scrapping the existing IRS code and starting over from scratch with a low flat tax that is fair for all Americans.
Legislative Action in the 112th Congress
Sponsored and Cosponsored Bills
H.R.2 – Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act – To repeal the job-killing health care law and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010
H.R. 3 – No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act – To prohibit taxpayer funded abortions and to provide for conscience protections
H.R. 177 – Death Tax Repeal Act – To repeal the Federal estate and gift taxes
H.R. 462 – Tax Code Termination Act – To terminate the Internal Revenue Code of 1986
H.R. 787 – No Social Security for Illegal Immigrants Act – To amend title II of the Social Security Act to exclude from creditable wages and self-employment income wages earned for services by aliens illegally performed in the United States and self-employment income derived from a trade or business illegally conducted in the United States
H.R. 1040 – Freedom Flat Tax Act – To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide taxpayers a flat tax alternative to the current income tax system
H.R. 1167 – Welfare Reform Act – To provide information on total spending on means-tested welfare programs, to provide additional work requirements, and to provide an overall spending limit on means-tested welfare programs
H.R. 1822 – No Health Care Subsidies for Illegal Aliens Act – To amend title I of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to provide for appropriate procedures under such title for verification of citizenship status