Our national debt exceeds $22 trillion -- more than $60,000 for every man, woman, and child in the United States. Our growing national debt is one of our Nation’s greatest threats. As you may know, in February of 2019, the national debt passed $22 trillion. Every hour our debt increases by $100 million. This is not sustainable; it is unfair to our children and grandchildren.  As the debt continues to increase—mostly due to mandatory spending—I believe we need to rethink government’s role. The deficit is caused by a spending problem, not a problem of taxing too little. As your Congressional Representative, my goal is to shrink the size of the federal estate and localize our government to the states and counties. 

One of my top priorities in Congress is to control federal spending and reduce borrowing. I will use my legislative and business experience to build coalitions in Congress to lower federal debt so that we don’t saddle our children and grandchildren with this financial burden. Also, I will eliminate redundant and wasteful federal programs, agencies, and departments to reduce the costly burdens they place on Idahoans.

Legislation

  • I voted No on "The Bipartisan Budget Act" that will raise budget caps another $320 billion-- that's almost as much as they've been raised in the past six years total ($440 billion). In addition, the legislation will suspend our debt ceiling until 2021. Unfortunately it passed both the House and the Senate and will be signed into law. I am not in Congress to make the easy decisions and I stand by my commitment to fiscal responsibility.
  • I signed this letter sent to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, and Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern requesting that spending reduction accounts are not removed from the approprations process. Eliminating these opportunities to budget in a fiscally responsible manner is completely irresponsible. 
  • I signed this letter sent to Speaker Nancy Pelosi requesting that Congress adhere to the budget caps set forth in the 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA) and work to address our growing $22 trillion debt. 

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