Monday, February 28, 2011
RSC Update: House GOP Working to Cut Spending & Defend Marriage
From the Chairman
Federal spending has skyrocketed in recent years. Between 2008 and 2010, Democrats increased discretionary spending by 24%. And since 2007, total federal spending has risen by nearly 36%. Simply “freezing” spending at these bloated levels will do nothing to prevent the nation’s job-crushing debt burden from doing further harm to our economy. The House has already approved a bill to save taxpayers $61 billion and keep the government running after March 4. To date, however, Senate Democrats have recklessly refused to cut even one penny from the federal budget. For this reason, the House will vote this week on a short-term bill saves taxpayers $4 billion while keeping the government open for two more weeks.
Many Democrats, calling on the same theories and arguments they used in 2009 to push their failed stimulus package, claim that our efforts to trim the budget will be bad for the economy. But as esteemed Stanford economist John Taylor said, “Nothing could be more contrary to basic economics, experience and facts.” Families and businesses know that taxes, inflation, interest rates, and unemployment could all shoot higher if Washington keeps spending trillions of dollars it doesn't have.
Spending is not the only fight in Washington, however. Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which was signed into law by President Clinton in 1996, defines marriage as what it has always been. But after two years of defending the law in court, the Obama administration decided last week that it could not find one reasonable argument for the traditional definition of marriage. This blatant flip-flop was nothing more than an excuse to abandon this hallowed institution. Traditional marriage is the cornerstone upon which our society was built. Congress has both the authority and the duty to step in and ensure that DOMA gets a robust defense against challengers seeking to redefine marriage.
Congressman Jim Jordan
Chairman, Republican Study Committee