This week, I heard from countless constituents concerned with Washington’s out-of-control spending and unsurmountable debt. I’d like to share a letter I received from a constituent in Concord:
“My wife and I are most concerned about the huge and growing debt the U.S. has accrued. I urge you and Congress to do what is necessary to cut government spending as necessary to get rid of the deficit. Ronald Reagan said it best when he said the problem with U.S. government is not that we don’t receive enough money, it is that we spend too much money. This is more true now than ever. Our system is broken and our country is broke. Please take bold moves to make it better.”
I agree 100 percent — we must cut spending and address our debt, and this can only be done with a responsible plan forward. Every day, hard-working Americans lay out successful, effective plans to figure out exactly what needs to be done to reach their goals. A contractor doesn’t construct a house without a detailed blueprint. An entrepreneur doesn’t build a successful venture without a comprehensive business plan. Why do Washington Democrats think they can get our country back onto a path of prosperity without offering a budget plan?
Our bloated bureaucracy continues to spend more than it takes in, abusing the taxpayer while dragging down our economy. Democrats have consistently failed to offer a budget year after year. House Republicans instead showed leadership last week by passing a bipartisan budget plan that grows the economy instead of the government and offers real solutions to our most pressing problems.
I expressed my priorities to Chairman Paul Ryan, and I believe they have been met. It was imperative that we passed a balanced budget that reflects the needs of our country while reforming the substantial drivers of our debt. And, most importantly, I could only support a budget that fosters job growth and economic health. Our budget is one that balances. We achieve this in 10 years while getting our country back on track for the long-term by reducing spending by $5.1 trillion. Further, our budget will make an immediate effect on jobs and wages by fixing our broken, overly complex tax code and repealing the president’s job-killing health care law.
Our budget plan recognizes that Medicare needs to be saved from bankruptcy and ensures protection of our retirement programs for our current seniors while strengthening it for future seniors. Our plan weeds out the waste, fraud and abuse plaguing our entitlement programs and secures this important safety net by strengthening work requirements for able-bodied adults receiving welfare and food stamps. To ensure all of our priorities are met, we must secure the safety and liberty of our nation by investing in a strong defense. This budget does just that by rejecting the president’s cuts to defense spending.
While I don’t expect Washington Democrats to agree with every line in this budget proposal, I do expect them to come to the table and work on solutions.
Tough choices are often made even tougher by the way Washington conducts business and kicks the can down the road. That is why I introduced the Federal Sunset Act of 2014. My bill guarantees a fundamental change in the way tax dollars are spent and will result in a complete overhaul of our federal agencies through enhanced congressional oversight.
My bill will put an expiration date on every single department. Instead of continuing to fund wasteful departments and allowing them to spend on autopilot, Congress will evaluate whether taxpayer dollars are being spent wisely through careful investigation into every single program. This way we know that every department will eventually end unless Congress sees that it is serving the public need, goes in and saves it.
By setting an expiration date for each federal agency, we allow Congress to take back the power of the purse and hold the federal government more accountable. This makes for a more efficient and effective government.
Richard Hudson represents the 8th District in the U.S. House, which includes most of Robeson County.