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“This two-year bipartisan, bicameral, budget agreement secures long-term savings through structural entitlement reforms, protects the economy by avoiding a default on the national debt, and strengthens our national security and Armed Forces.”
In keeping with our pledge to Grow America’s Economy Instead of Washington’s Economy, I want to take a moment to draw your attention to what the House of Representatives has accomplished in just the month of January.
“I am disappointed that President Obama’s vision for America appeared to be aimed at driving the debate in the 2016 election on income inequality and class-warfare, rather than setting a realistic agenda for Congress."
This evening, the House of Representatives passed the FY 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill. This spending bill contains a number of important measures that fulfill the people’s priorities, including protecting jobs, stopping wasteful spending, reining in government overreach, and funding our national security.
There’s no question: Spending is out of control under the Obama administration. From the failed stimulus to the ballooning cost of ObamaCare, this White House continues to spend money we just don’t have. But House Republicans have a plan to balance the budget and grow the economy. It’s called the Path to Prosperity. And the plan repeals ObamaCare, provides a fairer tax code, and cuts $5.1 trillion over the next decade – targeting wasteful Washington spending and reforming government programs driving the nation’s debt.
Passing a budget is not only a fundamental duty of governing, it is a constitutionally-mandated responsibility. Even so, the Senate has not written a budget since 2009 as the Democratic majority leader has attempted to guard his members from taking tough votes.
This debate is not about winning a public relations campaign. This is about enacting the best policies. But it’s nearly impossible for lawmakers to have an honest conversation with a White House that contradicts its own ideas on how to move our country forward.
Let’s be clear: Congress must significantly cut federal spending. Any balanced approach to strengthen the nation’s fiscal health must also reform the greatest drivers of debt – such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security – while protecting the solvency of these health and retirement programs that benefit seniors and are critical for lower-income families.
Federal lawmakers returned to Washington Tuesday to attend to a full docket of pending year-end business. Following House Republican’s organizational meetings, party leaders from both ends of the U.S. Capitol will close the week with a White House meeting today regarding our government’s financial outlook.
Federal policymakers have spent the last several weeks in their home states discussing their ideas with citizens. As I’ve traveled the Magnolia State – from Natchez to Starkville – many folks seem to share the same concern: jobs.