I’m proud to announce that I’ve been named a Fiscal Hero by the Campaign to Fix the Debt, a nonpartisan group promoting fiscal responsibility in government. If our debt gets out of control, we risk not being able to provide for key priorities like defense, infrastructure and benefit programs that we need.
As one of only 26 Members of the House of Representatives – less than six percent of the entire body – to receive the award, I am honored to be recognized for my efforts to reduce the national debt and to stand up for responsible budgets, which I see as essential to our nation’s future.
The Campaign to Fix the Debt recognizes the important work of the many Members of Congress who work to improve the nation’s fiscal situation. Fiscal Heroes have distinguished themselves by taking fiscally responsible votes, participating in fiscally focused events, pushing their party leaders to make debt a priority, leading bipartisan efforts to work through policy options to fix the debt, using their town hall meetings to engage and educate constituents, delivering floor speeches to raise awareness about the issue, advocating to keep tough choices on the table, and introducing legislation to improve the nation’s fiscal position.
These elected officials have recognized that we need to improve our fiscal situation as a critical part of an overall comprehensive economic plan. Given that there is much more to be done to confront the nation’s debt challenges, it is important that the work of those who focus on these issues is recognized.
Coming to Congress after two decades as an entrepreneur working in the private sector, deficit reduction and fiscal responsibility have always been a central component of my legislative agenda. Whether it comes to proposing legislation to invest in infrastructure or expanding nationwide pre-k, I’ve authored new solutions that are fully paid for and, in the case of my infrastructure jobs plan, even reduce the deficit. I’m also a supporter of bipartisan bills that would help us identify redundant programs and wasteful spending and help reduce the deficit.
Our nation’s fiscal sustainability is the cornerstone for maintaining our national security, improving our crumbling infrastructure, educating the next generation, supporting scientific research, giving back to our veterans and providing for the less fortunate. None of these vital goals can be addressed unless we secure our nation’s long-term finances.