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Bydlak: McKeon Shows Importance of Demanding Accountability
Alexandria, Va. (February 19) – Jonathan Bydlak, President of the Coalition to Reduce Spending, today released the following statement naming Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA) as the inaugural recipient of the Coalition to Reduce Spending’s monthly “Spending Villain” award.
“Rep. McKeon often says the right things, but his record shows otherwise. He’s a perfect example of those on the right who say the right things until their sacred cows are put on the table for necessary reductions.
“Earlier this year, Rep. McKeon attempted to take advantage of the Syrian escalation to demand increased Pentagon spending. He also attempted to cancel the Pentagon portions of the sequester, after earlier praising the deal.
“Rep. McKeon has long been an advocate of increased Pentagon spending, going so far as to advocate more than military leaders themselves. To rightfully point out the myriad examples of places where the non-military budget can be cut while pretending that there is simply nothing that can be cut from Pentagon funding is the height of hypocrisy.
“This nation desperately needs real spending reform, and we need the support and hard work of both parties to make it happen. As long as members of Congress cling to their sacred cows like Rep. McKeon has done, our nation will continue along the path of runaway spending and debt.”
Some facts about the award:
- The award is given monthly to a citizen or elected official who is an example of the runaway spending culture.
- The award will also distinguish a “Spending Hero” who has been particularly admirable in tackling budget issues. The Coalition chose Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) to receive January’s Hero award.
The Coalition to Reduce Spending is a non-partisan advocacy organization dedicated to limiting federal spending.
The Coalition is dedicated to the ideas that (1) all spending should be considered open for reduction and (2) elected officials should oppose appropriations bills that increase total spending and the authorization or funding of new programs that aren’t offset by cuts in other programs.