Budget & Spending
The independent Congressional Budget Office has produced numerous reports in recent years showing that our federal spending is unsustainable. I pledge as your Representative to prioritize funding for our military, especially our veterans; eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse; and reducing entitlement programs.
Although Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid alone did not create this debt problem, they are the lead drivers of the ever-growing federal deficit because they represent two-thirds of the national budget. I cannot emphasize enough how vitally important entitlement reform is to the continued fiscal soundness of our country.
As we move forward with the annual budget process, I will continue to support bold efforts to tackle our massive national debt with meaningful reforms, while preserving Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid for our children and grandchildren.
Major Budget Legislation
I was pleased to work on the task force for the RSC 2016 budget proposal. The RSC budget would return our nation to fiscal responsibility and great economic prosperity. In contrast, the Obama Administration’s proposal includes a $3.4 trillion tax increase that would hurt the average American and a budget cut that dramatically underfunds our military. The Republican vision for our nation’s spending promotes job growth and individual liberty.
I supported the original text of the National Defense Authorization Act, as well as the revised defense spending budget after the president’s veto. The FY16 NDAA provides funding for space, missile defense, and cybersecurity missions. This bill also gives military members a pay raise, authorizes the bearing of firearms on military bases, and provides new retirement benefits to our veterans, and increases funding for directed energy technology. All of these provisions are necessary to maintain American supremacy with the most efficient, lethal military in the world.
Cosponsored Budget Legislation
H.R. 427 - Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2015
This law ensures that the government will continue to pay bondholders and Social Security beneficiaries even if the debt limit is reached.
Source: the Heritage Foundation "Federal Budget in Pictures"