Senator Johanns e-Update
Today, I spoke on the Senate floor about the budget resolution being offered by Senate Democrats. This budget spends $46.4 trillion over the next decade. It calls for a trillion dollars in new taxes and it never balances our nation’s budget. It is a budget that I cannot support.
During my time in public office, I have dealt with government budgets as a city council member, a mayor and as your Governor. During all that time, I have never proposed a budget that does not balance. In Nebraska we take a straightforward approach: you spend what you can afford and if you don’t have the money, you don’t spend it. This is the type of budget our country desperately needs right now. If we don’t rein in spending and move our country towards a sustainable path that pays down our debt and strengthens Social Security and Medicare, we will be leaving our kids and grandkids with mountains of debt and promises for programs that can never be fulfilled.
To get us on a better path, I support a budget resolution that balances in 10 years, repeals President Obama’s health care law and reduces spending. This resolution also starts the discussion of how to put entitlement programs on a more sustainable path. I also supported amendments allowing for the permanent repeal of the estate tax and requiring a three-fifths vote to approve any budget resolution that does not balance within ten years.
But, we shouldn’t stop with entitlement reform and reduced spending. We need to act on legislation that actually helps Main Street create private-sector jobs. That’s why I introduced amendments to bring needed transparency to the federal government’s rule and regulation process. Rules and regulations proposed by government agencies, including EPA, often make it difficult for businesses – particularly those in the agriculture sector – to operate and expand. The EPA’s use of aerial surveillance to monitor livestock operations is a good example. That’s why I introduced another amendment that would ban EPA fly-overs of farms, ranches and agricultural operations.
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