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, SpendingTracker.org, 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.