Spending Cuts and Debt

Washington has a serious spending problem.  For too long, Americans have been overtaxed and the government has overspent, resulting in a massive national debt of more than $16 trillion.   The problem is not a lack of taxation.  According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), since 1962, per-capita taxation has increased by 87% when accounting for inflation and population growth.  As for spending, over the same time period, per-capita spending out of Washington has increased by nearly three-fold.  In other words, even though the federal government has 87% more revenue, under President Obama, Washington has spent $1.56 for every $1.00 available.  This massive growth of government is unsustainable, and frankly, irresponsible.  For the future of our children and grandchildren, the spending must be reduced and the debt must be paid off.  That is why I have consistently voted to reduce wasteful and unnecessary government spending, as well as supported common sense legislation like the Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

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March 2, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Medicaid beneficiaries will find it easier locating primary care providers if legislation passed by the House this afternoon is enacted into law.  In an effort to curb the costs of Medicaid and prevent unnecessary and expensive trips to emergency rooms, today’s vote will require states to create an online directory of primary care providers who accept Medicaid for beneficiaries.

February 11, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Following the passage of HR 3442, the Debt Management and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2015, Congressman Bob Gibbs released the following statement:

February 9, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Following the announcement of President Obama’s budget proposal for 2017, Congressman Bob Gibbs released the following statement:

February 2, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Following the House’s vote this evening to override the President’s veto on repealing Obamacare, Congressman Bob Gibbs released the following statement:

December 18, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Following the vote this morning on the Omnibus, Congressman Bob Gibbs released the following statement:

October 28, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – After voting against the Bipartisan Budget Act, Congressman Bob Gibbs released the following statement:

“This afternoon, I voted against a budget proposal that increases spending above the sequester.  Since the Budget Control Act was passed in 2011, the House has made significant progress in cutting discretionary spending.

September 30, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Following today’s vote on the Continuing Resolution, Congressman Bob Gibbs released the following statement:

“Today, I voted against a short-term funding bill that does not address the real problems here in Washington.  While the House has been doing its work and passing bills that fund the government, the Senate hides behind a self-imposed 60-vote rule that stops the work of the people in its tracks.

September 18, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House of Representatives passed legislation to protect the life of the unborn.  Rep. Diane Black introduced H.R. 3134, the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015, after the series of horrific videos were made public in an effort to prevent federal funding from going to the controversial abortion group.

After passage of H.R. 3134, Congressman Gibbs released the following quote:

June 25, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Following the release of the Supreme Court’s decision on King v. Burwell, Congressman Bob Gibbs released the following statement:

June 11, 2015 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Following the passage of HR 2685, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, Congressman Bob Gibbs released the following statement: