President Obama’s budget will no doubt be greeted with cheers from the entrenched special interests that thrive off an ever growing government, but it will do nothing for Americans struggling in this economy. The American people deserve bold policies that restore economic vitality, renew the American Dream, and equip people to achieve happiness and prosperity.
That’s what Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Tom GravesHouse Republican Average91% promised us at the Heritage Action Conservative Policy Summit if his bill, the Transportation Empowerment Act (TEA) (H.R. 3486) becomes law. He said his bill will “make life better for every day Americans,” and he made a compelling case.
America established a statutory debt ceiling in 1917 as part of the Second Liberty Bond Act. According to the non-partisan Congressional Research Services, the debt ceiling “imposes a form of fiscal accountability that compels Congress and the President to take visible action to allow further federal borrowing when the federal government spends more than it collects in revenues.”
On Wednesday, the House passed the $1.1 trillion spending bill, 359 to 67, (64 Republicans voted no).
Now the spending bill moves to the Senate, where a vote is expected this week. The omnibus takes the country in the wrong direction, both in terms of policy and overall spending levels.
Check out our Scorecard to see how your Representative voted. Then make sure to thank the 64 conservatives who voted against this irresponsible omnibus spending bill.
In the midst of the larger effort to separate food stamps and farm programs so that each can be debated and reformed on its own merits, there are efforts to shed light on the federal government’s shameful (and wasteful) campaign to promote big government programs like food stamps.