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By Congressman Robert Hurt
This past week, as our nation came together on Veterans Day to honor those who have served our country, I traveled across the 5th District and met with and talked to many Central and Southside Virginia veterans.
In addition to attending events throughout the District, I hosted veterans’ roundtables in Danville and Charlottesville to hear directly from those who have given so much to our nation and to listen to some of their concerns.
One of the biggest concerns discussed was our country’s dire debt crisis.
With our nation’s debt nearing almost $15 trillion and the fact that we are borrowing over 40 cents on every dollar we spend, Washington’s out of control, unsustainable spending is threatening both our economic recovery and the very future of our country.
If we are serious about preserving our American way of life – those very liberties and freedoms our veterans and troops have selflessly fought to defend – and if we are serious about preserving this great nation for our children and grandchildren, it is critical that we put an end to Washington’s reckless spending spree.
This week, the House is scheduled to vote on a balanced budget amendment, providing Congress with the opportunity to work together to change the spending culture in Washington.
A balanced budget amendment would bind Congress and the president from spending more on annual budgets than the government takes in, which is a necessary step towards getting our fiscal house in order both now and in the future as it would force the government to live within its means just as families, businesses, and state governments do all across the country.
As a co-sponsor of this measure, and given the seriousness of our current fiscal crisis and the continued habit of those in Washington to spend and borrow money that we don’t have with little regard for the long term implications for our nation, I believe that we must put in place those institutional spending reforms to rein in government spending once and for all.
5th District Virginians and all Americans are demanding bold action. And to stop the crushing burden of debt from being passed on to our children and grandchildren, it is my hope that members of both parties will come together this week and make the right choice for our nation’s future by passing this commonsense balanced budget amendment.
If you need any additional information on these or any other issues or would like to view my Veterans Day video message, please visit my website at hurt.house.gov or call my Washington office: (202) 225-4711, Charlottesville office: (434) 973-9631, Danville office: (434) 791-2596, or Farmville office: (434) 395-0120.