Cut Government Spending, Balance the Budget

Goodlatte Congressman Bob Goodlatte was named a “Taxpayers’ Friend” by the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) this May for his support of responsible tax and spending policies. Congressman Goodlatte is the only member of the Virginia Delegation to receive an “A” grade, placing 28th out of the 430 Representatives that received a rating. Scores were calculated based on 337 roll call votes taken in the U.S. House of Representatives during the first session of the 112th Congress.

On June first, Congressman Goodlatte sent this letter — which we present here for you… Bob Goodlatte writes :
Congressman Bob Goodlatte

As I crisscross the 6th Congressional District, listening to the opinions and suggestions of my constituents, there is one resounding theme: something must be done to significantly reduce the excessive government spending. From Strasburg to Salem and from Madison Heights to Monterey, the out-of-control government spending and the lasting effect it is having on our national economy is what concerns folks the most these days. They want to see real reforms made to ensure that the federal government is forced to live within its means, just like they have to.

CLICK TO VIEW full sizeJust a few months ago, with my support, House Republicans took an important step to rein in spending by passing a federal budget that cuts over $5 trillion in government spending over the next decade, reducing the size of the federal government to 20 percent of our economy by 2015.

While the House-passed budget is a significant step in the right direction, we need to be even more ambitious in controlling spending. That’s why I supported an amendment that makes additional spending cuts to put the government on track to turn trillion-dollar deficits into a budget surplus within five years.

Immediately cutting government spending through these budget resolutions is certainly important, but it is by no means a complete solution to our nation’s fiscal problems. It will take real institutional reforms to ensure that any cuts that are made today don’t easily disappear tomorrow. That is why I have been a long term advocate of a balanced budget amendment* to the U.S. Constitution. In fact, on the first day of this Congress I introduced legislation to create such an amendment, and I have worked relentlessly to ensure that a balanced budget amendment was considered by the full House of Representatives.

My balanced budget amendment forces Congress to enact fiscally responsible spending measures and reduces the deficit by requiring that total spending for any fiscal year not exceed total receipts. It will take this kind of action to ensure that the federal government is held accountable and that the money our citizens work so hard to earn is not squandered on wasteful spending and programs.

Washington has overspent for decades. Fixing the problem will require immediate action and years of commitment. I’ve said time and again, when it comes to cutting government spending everything must be on the table. As your elected official I’m working to reverse the culture of spending that exists in Washington. I’ve consistently voted for the tightest budgets offered each year, supported legislation that cuts spending immediately, and will continue working to pass a balanced budget amendment to our Constitution which puts to practice a spending approach that most of my constituents already live by:  if you don’t have it, don’t spend it.

Should you have further questions, please visit the “Contact Bob” section of my website or call my office at (202) 225-5431.

Download : Balanced budget amendment PDF*

Contact : Bob Goodlatte – Virginia 6th District

2 South Main Street
Suite A, First Floor
Harrisonburg, VA 22802
Phone: (540) 432-2391
Fax: (540) 432-6593

2240 Rayburn HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5431
Fax: (202) 225-9681

June 4, 2012