I have always been a strong supporter of cutting wasteful government spending and making sure that our precious taxpayer dollars are used wisely.
To protect and secure Social Security, pay down the national debt and promote a strong national defense, Congress must balance the need for valuable programs with the need for fiscal responsibility. We can’t afford to continue spending more money than we have.
I also believe that it is necessary to balance the budget without increasing taxes. Tax increases would hurt the District’s job creators and hard-working families whose finances are already stretched thin.
Rather than raising taxes, I will continue to look for ways to get government spending under control and once again balance the federal budget.
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Do you think our military men and women deserve a pay raise? Do you think Congress should take action to stop funding for harmful EPA regulations? I do and that is why it is important for Congress to pass an omnibus appropriations bill before the end of the year.
Congress has to decide how to fund the government after December 11th, when the current funding measure expires, and there are two approaches Congress can take - passing an omnibus appropriations bill or passing a short-term continuing resolution. I want to briefly explain the differences.
On Monday, the House passed the Digital Accountability and Transparency (DATA) Act, S. 994, with strong bipartisan support. The DATA Act is a commonsense bill that would allow the public to track every dollar spent by federal agencies and help Congress find ways to eliminate waste and fraud by making the reporting requirements more transparent and readily available for scrutiny.
The Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs will come to order.
I want to welcome the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, Dr. Shah. We look forward to hearing your testimony on the fiscal year 2015 budget request for U.S.A.I.D.
The details of the Administration’s proposals are slowly coming in, but I already see a few troubling issues from the information I have.
The Administration prioritizes its initiatives at the expense of Congressional priorities.
As negotiations over the debt ceiling have earned more and more media attention, I have received questions about what the debt ceiling is and what moving it would mean.
As promised, I will send you regular updates until this shutdown is over and we get the government running again, which I hope is soon.
Many of you have asked what this shutdown is all about. Some think it is all about Obamacare. Some think it is about the Continuing Resolution. It really is about spending. I have been told hundreds of times by my constituents that we have to stop spending what we don’t have and burdening our children and grandchildren with a debt they can never repay.
For the first time since I have been in Congress, the government has been shut down because the fiscal year ended and no funding had been approved to keep it open beginning today at 12:01AM.
Both the House and the Senate passed budgets, but the Senate’s version had a much higher dollar amount. The differences in the two budgets were never reconciled, so we had to use a tool to keep the government open and funded. The tool we used is called a Continuing Resolution or “CR,” which was passed by the House with a provision that defunded Obamacare.
Congressional representatives Kay Granger and Roger Williams applauded the House vote Friday that will keep the federal government operating for now while defunding Obamacare, the president’s controversial national health care law.
Granger, R-Fort Worth, whose 12th Texas District includes Parker County, said the country cannot afford a government shutdown.
Congresswoman Kay Granger today released the following statement after the passage of a continuing resolution to avert a government shutdown and defund the new health care law: