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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.

Texas Leads the Way in Rejecting the Debt

Two more Reject the Debt signers hail from the great state of Texas, pledging fiscal responsibility in their respective campaigns. Lance Gooden is running for Congress in the 5th Congressional district in Texas, where the incumbent, Rep. Jeb Hensarling is retiring. In the 29th Congressional district in Texas, Carmen Montiel is also running for an open seat, held currently by the retiring Rep. Gene Green.

Lance Gooden is a State Representative who has served for three legislative sessions. A University of Texas graduate, Mr. Gooden worked as an insurance broker for energy companies. On the issue of spending, Mr. Gooden boasts his accomplishments and goals on his website:

In 2017, Lance Gooden and Governor Abbott worked together to ensure our state continued to budget responsibly, and despite a substantial revenue shortfall, produced another balanced budget that keeps state spending increases under population growth plus inflation, while staying well below all constitutional spending limits.

Many in Washington seem to believe that the mountain of debt is so high at this point that there is nothing wrong with continuing to borrow more. That is not true. It is unsustainable, and we must take action to cut spending, require a balanced budget in Congress, and work to ensure that the next generation does not have to pay the price for this generation’s financial irresponsibility.

Carmen Montiel is a legal immigrant from Venezuela, having moved to the United States 30 years ago. She has developed and grown a family owned medical practice, as well as worked as a TV journalist, news anchor, and online radio host. Additionally, she is the 1984 winner of Miss Venezuela and Miss South America and the second runner-up for Miss Universe.

Ms. Montiel is a strong advocate for states rights and lists it as one of her core issues on her website.

The federal government should get out of the business of dictating to parents, teachers, and local school boards what is right for our children.  Carmen will fight to stop all forms of federal interference in our schools, except where necessary to protect against discrimination.  Parents and teachers know what’s best for our children, and locally elected school boards know better how to spend our precious tax dollars.  Carmen will also support measures to allow states to expand school choice, allowing more disadvantaged children to escape failing schools and have greater access to private and parochial schools.

The 2018 elections are just around the corner. It’s vital that every elected official and candidate for office has the opportunity to go on the record and pledge to reject the debt.  The bedrock project at the Coalition,, tracks what every member of Congress has voted to spend in real time, giving voters the ability to see clearly if their Representative is properly doing their job.

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.

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

The Coalition Signs Thank You Letters on CRS Reports

The Coalition signed 6 thank you letters to Members of Congress who have shown tremendous leadership on the issue of providing Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports to the public. The letters were sent to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS-3), Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH-13), Mike Quigley (D-IL-5), and Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ-7).

These Members have worked diligently to ensure public access to CRS reports, by not just introducing legislation, but also advocating and pushing for these policies on Capitol Hill. Ultimately, it was included in the omnibus bill passed last month.

The letter states that:

Within 90 days—180 at the most—the Library of Congress must publish new and updated CRS reports on its website, following the path laid out by your bipartisan, bicameral legislation. This is no less than a transformation of how the public can learn about the important issues before Congress from a non-partisan, expert source. No longer will CRS reports remain the domain of the well-connected and the well-heeled.

You can read the full text of the letters here.

Pledge Signers Reject the Debt

We are proud to announce three new pledge signers: Matt Rosendale (MT-Senate), Rocky Raczkowski (MI-11), and Craig Nordal (CA-49).

In this pledge, the Coalition asks candidates not to vote for unbalanced budgets or for new spending that is not offset with cuts. It has been signed by fiscal leaders such as Rep Jody Hice (GA-10), Rep. Steve Chabot (OH-1), and Rep. Mark Sanford (SC-1). We’re proud to add to this list and continue advancing our mission. We would urge fellow candidates across the nation to follow their lead and go on the record to Reject the Debt!

Matt Rosendale is running for the Senate seat in Montana. He was a broker and owner of a real estate firm, before being elected to the State House, then the State Senate. Mr. Rosendale served as the Majority Leader in the Montana Senate before assuming the role of State Auditor of Montana. He explained to the Coalition that he truly walks the walk on this issue.

In the Montana State Auditor’s office, I cut my operating costs by 23% and declined my own pay raise flat out.  I mean business and when I say I’m going to cut wasteful spending and save taxpayer dollars, I keep my word.

Rocky Raczkowski is a Retired Lt. Colonel with the U.S. Army Reserves and served in the Michigan House of Representatives. He also served as Majority Leader, the youngest in any state legislative chamber in history. On his campaign site, Mr. Raczkowski explains the problem in Washington.

Federal income is not the problem, Federal spending is! I, like many of you, am disappointed in the fact that paying interest on the debt will continue to take up more and more of our annual budget. For this reason, we MUST get control of our spending NOW!

Craig Nordal is a businessman and founder and president of the North Coast Republican Club. A vocal proponent of the Freedom Caucus, Mr. Nordal wants to better represent the constituents of CA-49.

I decided the voters of the 49th Congressional District deserved to have a choice of a true social & economic conservative and someone with a proven record in business to bring common sense ideas and true traditional conservatism to this important congressional seat.

Their pledges and the hundreds of others can be found here. We need more leaders like these three who are willing to address the growing problem of our national debt!

4 Signers Pledge to Reject the Debt

4 more pledge signers from across the country have signed the Coalition’s Reject the Debt pledge. Marty Gearheart (WV-3), Ted Rusk (CA-39), Preston Nelson (IL-12), and Anthony Blackmon (AL-4) are running for Congress on the notion that reducing spending and debt is a paramount issue.

Marty Gearheart is a small business owner and a member of the WV House of Delegates where he serves as the chair of the Roads and Transportation Committee and the co-chair of the Joint Committee on Transportation Accountability. He believes that bettering the economy starts with:

…Keeping taxes low, repealing Obamacare, improving and investing in our infrastructure, combating the National Debt Crisis and promoting the work ethic of the American workers and quality of American goods.

Ted Rusk, running as a Democrat, is a building contractor who works on office buildings and warehouses. On his website, he explains his stance on frivolous federal spending:

When I graduated high school our national debt, after 205 years, was $1 trillion. I am still not retired and it is now $20 Trillion! Neither party will touch this issue.

Preston Nelson, a Libertarian running for the Republican nomination, explains why he is running for office:

The leadership in Washington has grossly mismanaged our nation, and we are headed towards disaster. The government lies to us, leading us into never-ending military conflict all over the globe. The result has not been peace or security, but rather more conflict and $20,000,000,000,000+ debt. To pay for the reckless spending, we are printing our currency into inflation.

Anthony Blackmon, who served in the Army and currently in the Alabama National Guard, is running on a small government platform and wants to cut spending. He says:

 If elected, I will make you the promise to not vote for more spending and will vote to give back more tax money to you the people. I will not take bribes or money for my votes that will hurt the American people.

Around the country, advocates of lowering spending and debt are fighting to get elected and serve their districts in Washington. We commend these individuals for fighting this uphill battle. Their pledges, along with the 300+ others, can be found at

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