US Senate Candidate Austin Petersen First to Pledge to ‘Reject the Debt’ in MO Race

CONTACT: Jake Grant, Outreach Director

Petersen joins nonpartisan coalition that includes Sen. Ted Cruz (TX), Rep. Jim Banks (IN-3), Rep. Warren Davidson (OH-8), and others.

KANSAS CITY, MO (April 11, 2018) – Austin Petersen, running for US Senate in Missouri, has officially signed the Coalition to Reduce Spending’s pledge to reduce spending. The pledge stipulates that Petersen will not vote for any spending without offsets elsewhere in the budget and will vote only for budgets with a path to balance.

Petersen is the first in his race to sign the pledge and joins hundreds of candidates and elected officials from across the country, including Rep. Steve Chabot (OH-01), Sen. Ted Cruz (TX), Rep. Doug Collins (GA-9), Rep. Mark Sanford (SC-1), and Rep. Warren Davidson (OH-8).

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

“Powerful special interests stand opposed to reducing federal spending, and election promises are often as temporary as the races that produce them. For any candidate to sign this commonsense commitment shows dedication far above average.”

“Austin has always been a fiscal hard-liner, which is especially needed today with our nation’s $21 trillion-plus debt.” said Jeffrey Carson, manager for the Austin Petersen campaign. “This pledge was a no-brainer for our campaign, and a commitment to balanced budgets and reduced fiscal spending should be at the forefront of any campaign to run for U.S. Senate in 2018.”

As the 2018 elections draw closer, the Coalition has been in touch with Missouri candidates and will reach out to every elected official and candidate for office with the opportunity to go on the record with regard to spending. Its cornerstone project,, tracks what every member of Congress has voted to spend in real time.

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


Jake Grant, Outreach Director