Shane Hazel Signs Reject the Debt

We’re pleased to announce that Shane Hazel, running for Congress in Georgia’s 7th  Congressional District, has officially signed the Coalition to Reduce Spending’s pledge to reduce spending. The pledge stipulates that Hazel will not vote for any spending without offsets elsewhere in the budget and will vote only for budgets with a path to balance.

Hazel, a USMC veteran and political activist, joins candidates and elected officials from around the country, including Rep. Jim Banks (IN-3), Sen. Ted Cruz (TX), Rep. Doug Collins (GA-9), and Rep. Mark Sanford (SC-1).

On signing, Hazel released the following statement:

“I am running for Congress because it is time for our government to stop ignoring the debt we are piling on our children. It is time for a fiscal plan that fights the wasteful spending in Washington, DC.”

Jonathan Bydlak, president of the Coalition to Reduce Spending, released the following statement in response to the news:

“Washington is full of special interests dedicated to protecting every dollar in waste. It’s not surprising that election promises can be as temporary as the races that produce them. For a candidate to put a commitment like this one on paper requires commitment that goes above and beyond the average.”

“We’re thrilled Mr. Hazel has done just that,” he added, “and citizens in Georgia should be thrilled as well.”

As the 2016 elections draw closer, 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. 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