March 05, 2013
There's been a lot of recent
discussion about sequestration, and I wanted to share some of my thoughts with
you on this important topic.
For far too long,
Washington has lived by different rules than average Americans when it
comes to spending your taxpayer dollars.
Over the past four
years, federal spending has increased 19 percent. Meanwhile, the
Democrat-led Senate has failed to pass a budget for more than 1,400 days,
and it has been more than 15 months since the Senate passed regular
appropriations bills. As a result, we're facing a record $16.6 trillion
national debt � and growing.
I don't believe the
across-the-board cuts in the president's sequester are the best approach to
reduce the size of government. But one thing is clear: It's
time to get serious about reining in Washington's out-of-control spending
habits � and the time is now.
President Obama has
the ability to minimize the economic impact of sequestration and
ensure these cuts don't threaten public safety or national security.
In the meantime, Congress needs to do its job � budgeting and
appropriating will help solve this problem moving forward.
hope you'll and take a moment to watch
my recent remarks on the Senate floor about sequestration. I also
encourage you to join the discussion online on