Texas Candidates Pledge to “Reject the Debt”

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Email: rebekah@reducespending.org

Bydlak: Texas Candidates Lead the Way toward Fiscal Restraint
14 candidates pledge to voters that they will “Reject the Debt”

Alexandria, Va. – Jonathan Bydlak, President of the Coalition to Reduce Spending, today released the following statement ahead of Tuesday’s Texas primary:

“I’m thrilled to see these Texas candidates dedicated to reducing federal spending. It’s easy to talk about what’s wrong with Washington, but it requires a much greater level of commitment to put one’s promises to paper,” Bydlak said.

14 candidates for federal office from across the state signed the Coalition’s Reject the Debt pledge, which requires elected officials to (1) consider all spending open for reduction, (2) vote only for budgets with a path to balance, and (3) offset any new spending with cuts elsewhere.

“Washington won’t change until we change the incentives of the people we send there,” Bydlak said. “Candidates have to hold themselves accountable, or we have to do it for them. I’m pleased to see this group willing to hold themselves to fiscal restraint.

“We often hear about how fiscal conservatism is on its way out, with people assuming that big spending and debt is the new normal. Today shows that assumption to be false: when it comes to fiscal responsibility, Texas is quite literally leading the way.”

The following candidates have signed Reject the Debt as Tuesday’s primary approaches:

The Coalition to Reduce Spending is a non-partisan advocacy organization dedicated to limiting federal spending. Best known for its Reject the Debt spending pledge, the Coalition is dedicated to the ideas that all spending should be open for reduction and that elected officials should oppose any new spending that is not offset.

The Reject the Debt pledge has 77 signers nationwide. Prominent elected signatories include Sen. Ted Cruz (TX), Rep. Mark Sanford (SC-1), Rep. Doug Collins (GA-9), Rep. Paul Broun (GA-10). The full national list can be viewed here.