Arthur Rich Rejects the Debt

We are very pleased to announce that Arthur Rich, running in North Carolina’s 1st Congressional District, has pledged to Reject the Debt. Rich is the first in his race to do so.

Read more in our press release below.


CONTACT: Rebekah Johansen


Rich joins nonpartisan Coalition that includes over 55 candidates and elected officials nationwide.

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA (April 29,  2014) – Arthur Rich, running in North Carolina’s 1st Congressional District, has signed the Coalition to Reduce Spending’s pledge to reduce spending.

The pledge stipulates that Rich will not vote for any spending without offsets elsewhere in the budget and will vote only for budgets with a path to balance.

Mr. Rich joins 55 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:

“It’s obvious we need accountability when it comes to spending. Powerful special interests enforce the status quo of constant spending with no thought for the future. It’s not easy for a candidate to put him or herself on the record. D0ing so takes principle far beyond the average.

“We’re thrilled Mr. Rich has joined our coalition,” he added, “and citizens in North Carolina should be thrilled as well.”

On signing, Mr. Rich released the following statement:

“I’m against unnecessary spending in all levels of Government when we should be focused on creating opportunities for jobs/careers for all the American People.

“We are living in recessionary times across the nation and inflation continues daily hitting every American’s pocket, presuming there is anything left in their pockets.

“Like many of you I get ‘riled up’ when there are no jobs for returning military service men/women and at the same time someone somewhere in D.C. at the Pentagon and/or the Armed Service Committees have been told to purchase billions of dollars worth of Vietnam Era Abrams Tanks which senior officers as well as troops have stated ‘they don’t need or want.’

“Likewise the same lobbying continues toward purchasing a fighter that is not wanted by Air Force, Navy or Marines.  This is just one of so many areas where spending simply is not necessary or beneficial.

The American People deserve better caretakers of their tax dollars since they are the ones paying for this type of foolishness.

“Those funds applied to creative and innovative endeavors would yield tens of thousands of new products/services & jobs for not only for those that served but for those younger officers being put out to pasture involuntarily.

“Washington needs responsible leadership and the time is now.”


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