Since Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) has returned to Congress, he has noted “Congress is more dysfunctional than ever.” Today on MSNBC, disgraced Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) explained the dysfunction could disappear if Speaker John Boehner simply cut conservatives out of the loop:
The kind of deal Rangel is talking about is unlikely to address Salmon’s concern that government spending is excessive and government itself is too large.
Fortunately, Rep. Salmon is determined to do whatever he can to prevent that type of bipartisan growth of government. He wants the Republican Party to “return to its roots of smaller government and less spending.”
In an OpEd, Rep. Salmon laid out how he plans to accomplish this goal:
From this point forward, I will vote against the rule for bills that increase spending without offsetting spending cuts and encourage my other conservative colleagues to do the same. Similarly, if House leadership brings any more bills to the floor without first securing the support from the majority of the GOP conference, I will take the same action. If enough of my conservative colleagues in the House join me, we can unilaterally put an end to the growth of government that is moving us closer to Greece-like fiscal calamities.
Rep. Salmon explains that his first allegiance is to the Constitution and to the American people, not to his political party. More importantly, he is not going to succumb to the Left’s bullying. To be clear, he will have many critics, on both the Right and the Left. President Obama wants Republicans to run away from their conservative base because it will enable Washington to take leaps and bounds to the Left.
Enough is enough. Kudos to Rep. Salmon for taking a principled stand for the good of the country. His conservative colleagues in Congress should do the same.