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Out-of-control government spending is the most pressing issue of our day. The Coalition to Reduce Spending is dedicated to advocating for reducing federal spending and balancing the budget. Continuing to live beyond our means will only jeopardize our country's future prosperity and security.
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Texas CD 6 and 26 Candidates Commit to Fiscal Responsibility

We are pleased to announce that Troy Ratterree and Veronica Birkenstock, running for Congress in the 6th and 26th Congressional Districts of Texas, respectively, have officially signed the Coalition to Reduce Spending’s pledge to cut spending and debt. The pledge stipulates that they will not vote for any spending without offsets elsewhere in the budget and will vote only for budgets with a path to balance.

Mr. Ratterree, a small business owner for nearly 40 years, joins candidates and elected officials from around the country, including Rep. Jason Lewis (MN-2), Rep. Steve Chabot (OH-1), and Rep. Mark Sanford (SC-1).

Upon signing, Ratterree frankly told the Coalition:

“We must stop borrowing from my grandchildren.”

Mrs. Birkenstock is also a small business owner and entrepreneur. After signing the pledge, she explained to us:

“We must learn to live within our means. Not to do so, is irresponsible.”

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Two Texas Signers Pledge to Reject the Debt

Two more pledge signers hail from Texas, running for Congress in the 2nd and 6th districts. Dan Crenshaw (TX-2) and Kevin Harrison (TX-6) have pledged not to vote for spending without offsets in the budget, and that they will only vote for budgets that lead to balance.

Lieutenant Commander Dan Crenshaw was a member of Seal Team Three and was deployed overseas five times. Additionally, he received two Bronze Stars (one with Valor), the Purple Heart, and the Navy Commendation Medal with Valor, among many other recognitions for his service. After signing, he told the Coalition, “It takes a real leader with integrity and courage to tackle the real drivers of the national debt: mandatory spending programs that include Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. It is time for common-sense solutions that reign in these programs so that our children don’t suffer the consequences.”

Mr. Harrison served as the lead pastor at Victorious Life Church in Waco for ten years, and in 2006, became the president and founder of West Coast Bible College and Seminary. Mr. Harrison has various proposals for addressing the debt including reducing spending off the top in every governmental agency by 10%-25% and capping discretionary spending. He also emphasizes overhauling Social Security and setting benchmarks for those receiving entitlements.

The 2018 elections are just around the corner. We, at the Coalition, hope to reach out to every elected official and candidate for office with the opportunity to go on the record and pledge to reduce spending. We commend these two and the others who have signed our pledge and are committed to fighting this uphill battle.

The Coalition to Reduce Spending is a non-partisan advocacy organization dedicated to limiting federal spending. The 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.

Congress rushes to pass massive tax hike on future generations

Today, Congressional leadership agreed to a bipartisan budget deal that blasts through budget caps and could return the US to trillion-dollar deficits in short order. Fresh off of historic tax reform, Congress apparently seems content passing along a huge future tax hike onto the next generation.

Over the 10 year window, this Schumer-McConnell budget would result in $1.5 trillion more added to the National Debt.

The National Taxpayers Union notes that while initial estimates place the total at about $300 billion in new spending over the next two years, that total is likely to rise precipitously after including off-budget Overseas Contingency Operations funding, disaster funding, and even more in other emergency spending.

Republican lawmakers have long insisted on offsets for any new spending, but Taxpayers for Common Sense points out that this time, “the vast majority of this package is not offset. Not even sham offsets.”

Heritage Action argues that while Republicans may have good reason to want to raise some spending levels, this deal is a fiscally irresponsible reminder of how out-of-touch Washington is with everyday Americans. Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget said it “represents budgeting at its worst.” Many others including Citizens Against Government Waste, Taxpayers Protection Alliance, and FreedomWorks, have also come out opposed.

We concur.

Adding insult to injury, this deal comes just months after House Speaker Paul Ryan promised that Congress would focus on spending cuts in 2018, and after years of assurances that elected officials would tackle debt and spending once they had the chance.

We urge every Member of Congress to reject this deal and stand for true fiscal accountability.

Three More Pledge Signers from Illinois and California

Three more Republican candidates have pledged to Reject the Debt, in states where fiscal conservatives are needed more than ever. Frank DeMartini (CA-43), James Marter (IL-16), and Donald Rients (IL-18) are committed to fighting the growth of spending and debt in their respective states.

Mr. DeMartini, a lawyer and film producer, told us, “Congress spends and spends and spends with no thought about its future effects on our country. Just another example of kicking the can down the road. ”

An executive entrepreneur and business owner, Mr. Marter’s goal is, “Restoring fiscal sanity to Washington D.C., establishing a balanced budget, and beginning to pay down the national debt.” Further, he told us, “I will be relentless in the pursuit of cutting the size and scope of government, eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse from government, and cutting government bureaucracy and agencies which are neither necessary at the federal level nor constitutional.”

Mr. Rients works in the insurance business and is the current president of the Benson Fire Protection District. He believes that “the government should operate within the bounds of a balanced budget.”

With the 2018 elections just around the corner, 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.

The Coalition to Reduce Spending is a non-partisan advocacy organization dedicated to limiting federal spending. The 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 at http://www.ReduceSpending.org/reject-the-debt

Texas Candidates Bunni Pounds and Susan Narvaiz Pledge to Reject the Debt

Our national debt has recently surpassed over $20 trillion. It’s imperative that the Representatives that we vote into office are willing to address this debt, and not add to the problem.

This is why the Coalition to Reduce Spending is proud to include Congressional candidates who are willing to commit, on the record, to responsible federal budgeting by signing the Reject the Debt pledge.

Our latest signers, Bunni Pounds and Susan Narvaiz, two candidates running in the 5th and 21st districts of Texas, respectively, are committed to fighting this growing issue that fiscal conservatives continue to be up against.

Mrs. Pounds, an entrepreneur, conservative activist, and executive leader, is endorsed by Congressman Jeb Hensarling (TX-5) and Mia Love (UT-4), among others. Upon signing, Mrs. Pounds said, “The national debt now is a moral crisis for us as a nation as we continue to pass the debt burden on to our children and grandchildren. We can no longer ignore the perilous financial path of our country.”

Mrs. Narvaiz is the President and CEO of Core Strategies, Inc., as well as the former mayor of San Marcos, Texas. Speaking on the debt, Mrs. Narvaiz said, “In Congress, we must reform our archaic budgetary rules to restrain unnecessary government growth and stop excessive spending. When elected, I will continue to support an open dialogue on finding attainable solutions to our nation’s greatest problems.”

We are grateful to have two more candidates who are dedicated to stopping the growth of spending and debt. More information, including the full text of the pledge, can be found at http://www.ReduceSpending.org/reject-the-debt

A signed copy of the pledges can be found for Mrs. Pounds and Mrs. Narvaiz here.

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