When I’m home in California, I hear from people who are concerned about the growing federal deficit. The debt is a serious problem that deserves a serious approach. Although our country had to take significant action in the last few years to prevent an even worse economic downturn, we must balance the budget – the right way, encouraging economic growth without imposing undue hardships on the most vulnerable people in our country.
I’m working to eliminate wasteful spending and control rising deficits. I voted against using more than $350 billion in bailout money, voted to reduce Congressional office budgets and voted against pay raises for Members of Congress. I’ve voted to trim funding for numerous federal agencies, and I support a bill to identify wasteful programs and require a direct, up-or-down vote to eliminate them.
I’m working to eliminate wasteful spending and control rising deficits.
I’ll keep working with members of both political parties to identify spending that’s wasteful and make sure that every dollar spent is put to good use.