We are very pleased to announce that Alexandra Eidenberg, running for US House in Illinois’ 4th Congressional District, has pledged to Reject the Debt. Eidenberg is challenging Rep. Luis Gutiérrez in the Democratic primary.
Read more in our press release below.
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ALEXANDRA EIDENBERG PLEDGES TO ‘REJECT THE DEBT’ IN ILLINOIS CONGRESSIONAL RACE
Eidenberg Joins nonpartisan Coalition that includes 42 candidates and elected officials nationwide.
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA (February 18, 2014) – Alexandra Eidenberg, candidate for US House in Illinois, has signed the Coalition to Reduce Spending’s pledge to reduce spending. The pledge stipulates that Eidenberg will not vote for any spending without offsets elsewhere in the budget and will vote only for budgets with a path to balance.
Eidenberg, one of several challengers to Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D), is the first in her race to sign the pledge put out by the national, nonpartisan Coalition to Reduce Spending and joins 77 additional candidates from across the country. Previous signers include Rep. Paul Broun (GA-10), Rep. Doug Collins (GA-9), and Rep. Mark Sanford (SC-1).
Jonathan Bydlak, president of the Coalition to Reduce Spending, released the following statement in response to the news:
“Powerful special interests push the bipartisan status quo of irresponsible spending. Paying for what we spend today, not tomorrow, is an issue all ideologies can get behind. But faced with these special interests, elected officials in both parties tend to forget their promises as soon as they get to Washington. That’s why we need accountability, and it’s extremely encouraging for a candidate to be willing to put promises on paper.”
“We’re thrilled Ms. Eidenberg has done so,” he added, “and citizens in Illinois should be thrilled as well.”
On signing, Ms. Eidenberg said, “As a business owner, I make financial decisions every day. And just like in my business, our nation has to balance its budgets. It makes no sense to run a business or nation at a negative.”
The Coalition will reach out to every elected official and candidate for office with the opportunity to go on the record with regard to spending in 2014.
The Coalition to Reduce Spending is a non-partisan advocacy organization dedicated to limiting federal spending. Its Reject the Debt spending pledge commits elected officials and candidates to (1) consider all spending open for reduction and vote only for budgets that present a path to balance and (2) vote against any appropriations bill that increases total spending and against the authorization or funding of new programs without offsetting cuts in other programs.
More information, including the full text of the pledge, can be found online at http://www.ReduceSpending.org/reject-the-debt.