Update from Congressman Scott Tipton
A ‘balanced approach’ should not be ‘hard working American’s give — and government takes.’ This year the Federal Government will collect a record $2.7 trillion in tax revenue, and yet federal spending will far surpass this.
Continuing to increase revenue while federal spending grows with no end in sight is not a balanced approach. The balanced approach we should pursue is a budget that balances—a budget that protects the present and builds for the future. This week we voted on a budget that moves to that end and actually balances by slowing the rate of spending increases. This is a concept the Washington elite will label as extreme. Yet, this concept is one that American families call commonsense, and do every week.
American families have watched government grow and their budgets shrink. That’s not right.
Why, is a balanced budget important for the American people? The answer is found in the examples we now see in Western Europe. Governments that overspend and, as a result, under perform—hurt the people that they are designed to help the most.
Our budget will prevent this type of financial crisis from happening in our country. It will keep promises to our families and seniors, and protect the future of the American dream.
(Courtesy of the House Budget Committee)
Balancing the budget is not an end, but a means to restore prosperity to this nation, get people back to work, and pass our children the American dream instead of a maxed out credit card. Our budget is not the end of the discussion, but a starting point for conversation on the direction of our nation’s future. We have an opportunity for both sides of the aisle to put people before politics—to work together to get spending under control, get Americans back to work by creating as many as 5 million new jobs, and ensure that programs Americans rely on like Social Security and Medicare are strong for this generation as well as for our children and grandchildren. To accomplish this, we must aim for balance.
In Case You Missed It
Tipton reintroduces pro-jobs, all-of-the-above energy bill: “Be it through wind energy in Pueblo, oil and natural gas in Grand Junction, clean coal in Craig, or hydropower throughout the Western Slope, communities in my district where real unemployment remains as high as 20 percent, stand to benefit from increased responsible energy production,” said Tipton. “This bill puts people to work, keeps energy costs low for families and businesses, and strengthens our national security. It accomplishes these ends through responsible production in full adherence of existing environmental safeguards.” Read more.
House panel advances Tipton rural jobs bill: The House Natural Resources Committee advanced with bipartisan support Rep. Scott Tipton’s (CO-03) legislation that would create rural jobs by expanding the production of clean renewable hydropower. The Hydropower and Rural Jobs Act (H.R. 678) could receive a vote in the House as early as the next week the House is in session. Read more.
Upcoming Event: Coffee with Congressman Tipton in Craig: Read more.