If there is one common theme I hear from Idahoans as I travel the state, it is their concern with the size of the federal budget and the impact our nation’s debt will have on future generations. I couldn’t agree more and believe getting our fiscal house in order must be the first priority of a new Republican-led Congress in 2011. That is one of the reasons why I am an original cosponsor of H.J. Res. 1 which would amend the U.S. Constitution to require a balanced budget. I also support reinstituting true pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) budget practices in Congress so that any spending increase in one area must be paid for with a spending decrease in another area. These are the kinds of budgetary practices American families and businesses have to live with every single day and there is no reason why Congress shouldn’t live by them as well.
As a member of both the House Budget Committee and the House Appropriations Committee, I will continue pushing for a balanced budget amendment, true PAYGO reform, and real budget reductions as components of a overall strategy to get our federal budget under control and set the course for aggressive economic growth.