The national debt impacts all Americans, making it a shared responsibility. Citizens want to know their votes will go towards a candidate committed to tackling this issue head on.
As the May 3rd primary in Indiana approaches, the first Senate candidate has announced his commitment to voters on fiscal issues by signing the Reject the Debt pledge – Congressman Marlin Stutzman, currently the representative from Indiana’s 3rd District.
In Indiana’s hotly contested 3rd district, both Jim Banks and Liz Brown have gone on the record by signing the Coalition’s pledge.
Robert Hall, a Republican candidate running in Indiana’s 9th district, also recently signed, offering the statement that he “will vote to balance the budget in less than 5 years.” Other candidates in the state who have signed include: Jeff Petermann in the 2nd district and Richard Moss in Indiana’s 8th.
The Coalition is proud to announce these candidates have committed to not voting for spending increases without offsets elsewhere in the budget and to vote only for budgets with a path to balance.
See which candidates have signed so far nationwide here.
Last year alone, Congress spent $310 billion on over 250 agencies and programs that were no longer authorized — more than half of that number was programs whose authorizations were more than a decade expired. Over the last ten years, Congress spent about a quarter of its budget on unauthorized programs, and this year, about 57% of non-defense discretionary spending occurred without proper authorization.
Enough is enough. Congress should work to reevaluate all unauthorized spending and pass all new spending only with the proper authorizations. That’s why at the Coalition are proud to support Rep. McMorris Rodgers’ USA Act, which is aimed at reining in this irresponsibility once and for all. While no single effort can hope to be a cure-all for the nation’s $19 trillion debt, efforts like these are a valuable step in the right direction.
Thursday night’s Republican Presidential debate was remarkably restrained and issues-focused compared to the fireworks of previous showdowns. This substantive debate offered perhaps the most meaningful discussion to date of the nation’s looming entitlement crisis.
Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz both reiterated their support for various changes, whether adjusting the retirement age for future generations or means testing for wealthier retirees, while Donald Trump insisted that he’d do “everything within [his] power” to “avoid touching Social Security.”
The Senators tangled with Trump, pointing out that while the U.S. spends money on foreign aid even for wealthy countries and does a poor job of negotiating contracts as Trump said, simply eliminating these along with “waste, fraud, and abuse,” won’t put much of a dent in the looming insolvencies in the program.
In a sense, both sides of the debate are right. Trump’s proposed solutions will indisputably not fix Social Security’s balance sheets, but as long as politicians refuse to address the types of wasteful spending he mentions, gathering the kind of broad support to make much tougher choices on entitlements will remain out of reach.
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WARREN DAVIDSON PLEDGES TO ‘REJECT THE DEBT’ IN 8TH DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL RACE
Davidson joins nonpartisan Coalition that includes Rep. Steve Chabot (OH-01), Sen. Ted Cruz (TX), and Rep. Mark Sanford (SC-1)
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA (March , 2016) – Mr. Warren Davidson, running in Ohio’s 7th Congressional District has officially signed the Coalition to Reduce Spending’s pledge to reduce spending. The pledge stipulates that Davidson will not vote for any spending without offsets elsewhere in the budget and will vote only for budgets with a path to balance.
Davidson joins hundreds of candidates and elected officials from across the country. Elected signers include Rep. Steve Chabot (OH-01), Sen. Ted Cruz (TX), Rep. Doug Collins (GA-9), and Rep. Mark Sanford (SC-1). Also in the 8th, Joseph Matvey, Eric Gurr, Kevin White, and Eric Haemmerle have signed. The Coalition continues to encourage the rest of the candidates in the 8th to go on the record.
Today, we were proud to sign onto a broad coalition letter urging Congress to support some small, but very important, cuts to the federal crop insurance program that were outlined in the president’s budget.
These efforts are some of the brightest spots in the plan, attempting to save $18 billion over 10 years by reforming “two of the crop insurance program’s most egregious offerings – harvest price option and prevented planting policies.”
Read the full letter here.