Over the past two years, Republicans and energized conservatives worked tirelessly to bring change to Washington, D.C. The American people rose up, made their voices heard at the ballot box, and declared that they wanted an end to the wasteful Washington spending that was a hallmark of the Pelosi Congress.
Today, the new Republican majority in the U.S. House takes the first steps to getting our nation’s fiscal house back in order. Today, the will of the people as expressed at the polls will be put into action in the halls of Congress.
With one of its first acts in the majority, the Republican leadership today will bring to the floor of the U.S. House a resolution to cut Congress’ own budget by 5 percent below last year’s levels. This reduction would save the taxpayers about $35 million over the next fiscal year, and will send the message that things are not business as usual in Congress.
Wasteful government spending has created a national debt of more than $14 trillion
. This burden on future generations threatens our economy, destroys confidence in the government’s ability to treat the taxpayers with respect and makes it more difficult to create jobs for the millions of Americans who are still out of work.
Cutting Congress’ budget certainly won’t solve the problem in a single step, and a simple $35 million
reduction in spending may not seem like much, but it is a start. It is a declaration that the wasteful spending of the Pelosi Congress is over, and that the wishes of the American people as expressed at the ballot box will be put into action beginning today.