A Budget Update

Working to secure a balanced budget and a government that is accountable to the hardworking taxpayer

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Washington, June 5, 2013 | comments
Did you know that you owe $53,500 towards the national debt?

That's a pretty scary figure ... and even more so given that the average Ohioan makes just $45,750 a year.

American Exceptionalism is founded on more freedom and empowering every citizen with the opportunity to achieve their own American Dream. But this simply cannot take place if the government weighs you down with more debt than the average family can afford.

We need real solutions - not more empty promises that simply create uncertainty for families and businesses.

This update lists the bills I voted to pass or support. I hope it will help you understand what I am doing to achieve responsible spending in Washington.

I also invite you to take a few minutes to complete the survey below. It will help me continue to serve as your voice in Washington.

And, as always, if there's anything I can do better to serve you and your family, please do not hesitate to contact me at one of my office location or email me here.

P.S. - I invite you to take a short, 3 question survey on budget issues to let me know where you stand - Just Click Here!

Path to Prosperity - H.Con.Res. 25
I supported and helped pass the Path to Prosperity that would balance the budget over the next 10 years without raising taxes. A healthier economy and renewed job growth require a responsible plan to get our fiscal house in order.

Meaningful Spending Cuts - H.R. 933
H.R. 933, which I voted for, saves taxpayers $85 billion by making across-the-board cuts in non-mandatory spending. While not nearly enough, compared to last year this reduction in spending is a first step towards accomplishing real fiscal responsibility in Washington.

A Balanced Budget - H.J.Res. 1
I am a co-sponsor of the Balanced Budget Amendment (H.J.Res. 1). Just like hardworking families and businesses across southern and southwestern Ohio have to live within their means, so, too, should government. Balancing our national budget simply means that Washington doesn't spend more than it takes in every year.

Common Sense Reform - H.R. 273
At a time when families and businesses are tightening their belts, it's irresponsible to give federal employees automatic annual raises. I co-sponsored and voted for H.R. 273, which would eliminate the automatic pay raises, including for members of Congress.

No Budget, No Pay - H.R. 325
Just like your family does, Congress should have to make a budget and prioritize spending. Unfortunately, the Senate went four years without passing a single budget. That's why I voted for the No Budget, No Pay Act, which forced the Senate to pass a budget and engage in a debate over spending.

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