America’s debt will have nearly doubled by the end of the Obama presidency to almost $20 trillion. President Obama once said that it was unpatriotic to add to the debt – and yet every budget the President has submitted to Congress adds more to the debt. Our national debt is a crisis with very real consequences, and it is not fair to leave this mess for future generations.
Before I was elected, Congress had not passed a budget since 2009 even though the Constitution requires Congress to pass one every year. One of my first votes in Congress was in support of H.R. 325 known as the “No Budget, No Pay Act” to end this practice, and it forced the U.S. Senate to pass a budget for the first time in four years.
We cannot tax and spend our way into prosperity. I believe that smart spending cuts combined with the right type of tax reform, we can work toward a responsible approach that returns the nation to balanced budgets. We did not get in this mess overnight and we are not going to get out overnight. We must take a thoughtful, long-term approach that ends reckless spending and prevents further damage to our fragile economy. We must stay focused on our end goal of a healthy, growing economy, because it is essential to paying down our debt.