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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The Texas Republican delegation of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter today to every member of the United States Senate, urging senators to unite with them in the effort to defund the new health care law through the continuing resolution. Read the full letter at the link below.
U.S. Rep. Kay Granger wants to keep budget cutting in Washington from cutting jobs in Fort Worth.
The veteran congresswoman echoed her commitment to local jobs Thursday in a visit to AVX Aircraft Co., a local aerospace startup. She called North Texas defense contractors “our lifeblood” for economic prosperity.
In the last few weeks, I’ve received a number of emails, letters and phone calls from constituents who are worried about the direction in which our economy is headed. I share your concerns, as we have yet to enter a phase of steady, self-sustaining growth.
I share the same outrage that many of you do about the IRS’s “Be On the Look Out” lists – or BOLOs, as they have recently been called by agency officials. These lists singled out conservative groups that were seeking tax-exempt status.
What’s even more unsettling is that while the IRS was putting Americans under unprecedented scrutiny, Lois Lerner – one of the IRS officials who oversaw the agency’s tax-exemption operations – received $42,000 in bonus money. Another $70 million in bonuses are expected to be doled out to IRS officials this year as well.
From serving our country to manufacturing the defense products we need to keep our country safe, the 12th Congressional District plays an important role in America’s national security. This week was very important for many of the programs that impact our district, as the House worked on both the FY2014 National Defense Authorization Act and the defense appropriations bill.
It’s appropriations season in Congress, and as a member of the House Appropriations Committee, this is my busiest time of year. I approach each decision on the committee with the goal of ensuring every tax dollar is spent responsibly and only on the most critical investments.
Many of you reached out to me last week about the Federal Aviation Administration’s furloughs, which delayed thousands of flights across the county and created challenges for our local airports. I have always been a strong supporter of reducing government spending, but those cuts must be made by prioritizing spending – not making politically motivated cuts that threaten our economy, our safety and our national security.
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. Thank you for appearing before the Subcommittee today to provide testimony about the fiscal year 2014 budget request for USAID.
Unfortunately, the Subcommittee has not yet received the Administration’s detailed budget documents so we do not have a lot of information to help us make funding decisions.
The Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related programs will come to order.
I would like to welcome Secretary Lew to his first hearing before this Subcommittee. Mr. Secretary, we thank you for appearing today to discuss the budget request for fiscal year 2014 for the Department of Treasury’s international affairs programs.
The funding the Subcommittee will review today is for contributions to international financial institutions, such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank as well as for debt relief and technical assistance programs.
We’ve all collected the necessary paperwork from our employers, our banks and others, filled out the complicated tax documents – or more likely, purchased software or hired a professional to fill them out for us – and sent it all in for the IRS to examine.
Filing taxes has become a complex and time-consuming process that takes up more than 6.1 billion hours and over $168 billion in order to complete it every year. It serves as a good reminder of how complicated our tax code really is and why it’s so important that we pass comprehensive tax reform.