WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today supported a bill sponsored by Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) requiring the President to tell Congress how much future deficits will cost taxpayers (H.R. 668). This legislation passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, with a final vote of 392-28.
“I applaud the passage of Rep. Messer’s legislation to bring Hoosier common sense to Congress,” said Walorski. “This bill enforces a basic principle to restore transparency at the federal level, illustrating the impacts of decision-making in Washington and the effects on American families and future generations.”
If signed into law, the President must include a calculation in the annual budget submission detailing the per-taxpayer cost of any yearly deficit in that budget. Based on the amount of tax returns filed in the most recent year, each taxpayer owes roughly $6,896 to cover the estimated one-trillion dollar shortfall in the President’s last budget.
“Hoosier families sit around their kitchen tables and make tough decisions to keep a budget. They deserve to know exactly how Washington spending influences our nation’s deficit to ensure the President and lawmakers are making responsible decisions with their hard earned dollars.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) released the following statement on the bipartisan passage of H.R. 273, to eliminate a statutory pay adjustment for federal employees:
“With a national debt of $16.5 trillion, I applaud my colleagues for passing legislation to freeze pay for federal employees including the Vice President, Cabinet Secretaries, and Members of Congress. This simple bill is a common sense measure to prove that Washington is serious about addressing our fiscal crisis to reduce spending and revitalize the economy.
“In Indiana, Hoosier families sit around their kitchen table and make tough decisions to keep a budget, and it is time for Washington to do the same. I look forward to supporting future legislation that carves out a step-by-step approach toward reducing wasteful spending and restoring fiscal sanity. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to immediately pass this bill, signaling to American families that this Congress will work together on their behalf.”
Obligates the President to produce a balanced budget
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On the House floor today, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) voted in favor of the “Require a PLAN” Act, H.R. 444. This bill would require the White House to produce a balanced budget or submit a supplemental plan for a balanced budget by April 1, 2013.
“Today’s passing vote reinforces our continued commitment toward restoring fiscal sanity in Washington,” said Walorski, a member of the House Budget Committee. “There is a troubling disconnect between wasteful spending in Washington and the burdensome effect it has on American families. It is time for lawmakers to practice some Hoosier common sense at the federal level to balance the budget and ensure success for future generations.”
The White House has failed to submit a budget to Congress by the statutory deadline in four out of the last five years. During this Administration our national debt has increased by nearly $6 trillion, contributing to a crippling debt that must be shouldered by future generations. Instead of pursuing a deficit reduction plan, taxpayer dollars continue to go toward wasteful Washington spending.
Earlier this month, Walorski co-sponsored legislation to freeze pay for the Vice President, Cabinet Secretaries, Members of Congress, and federal employees, reversing an executive order signed by the President in December. She also supported the “No Budget, No Pay” Act to withhold congressional salaries if the Senate once again fails to pass a budget.
WASHINGTON, D.C.- Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today released the following statement regarding the passage of the No Budget, No Pay Act, H.R. 325:
“I am pleased with the bipartisan passage of the No Budget, No Pay Act today on the House floor. This legislation clearly signals to the American people that Washington is serious about passing a budget and restoring fiscal sanity.
“The truth is that American families sit around their kitchen tables and make tough choices to keep a budget, and Congress must do the same. It has been four years since the Senate passed a budget, and Washington needs to prove this Congress will not continue with business as usual. Hoosiers in the Second District expect lawmakers to work together to solve our fiscal challenges using common sense principles, this bill is a step in the right direction.
“It is time to hold Washington accountable and get spending under control to prevent further damage to our economy, small businesses, and hard working families. I urge the Senate to resonate this message by passing the No Budget, No Pay Act immediately.”
WASHINGTON, D.C.- As her first co-sponsored bill to reduce government spending, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today announced she will support legislation to freeze federal salaries, H.R. 273. Sponsored by Representative DeSantis (FL-06), this bill prevents a salary increase for the Vice President, Cabinet Secretaries, Members of Congress, and federal employees issued through President Obama’s executive order in December.
“With our national debt at $16.4 trillion, authorizing a pay increase for the Vice President, Cabinet Secretaries, Members of Congress, and federal employees is simply unacceptable,” said Walorski. “Congress must prove to the American people that we are serious about tightening our belt to reduce spending and live within our means. Hoosier families consider keeping a budget a basic requirement, and the President should not be adding to the burdensome deficit on the backs of our children to benefit elected officials.”
If enacted, the proposed legislation could save an estimated $11 billion in spending over the next 10 years, and may be considered this week on the House floor.