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  • The urgent need to cut government spending and reduce government debt

    This past week, the House debated HR 1, the Full Year Continuing Appropriations Act. This bill would fund the government through September 30th of this year at $100 billion less than the amount President Obama requested in his Fiscal Year 2011 budget.


    Given the current fiscal crisis that faces the 5th District and the nation, I delivered the following remarks on the House floor to discuss the urgent need to cut government spending and reduce government debt:

  • The urgent need to cut government spending and reduce government debt

    This past week, the House debated HR 1, the Full Year Continuing Appropriations Act. This bill would fund the government through September 30th of this year at $100 billion less than the amount President Obama requested in his Fiscal Year 2011 budget.


    Given the current fiscal crisis that faces the 5th District and the nation, I delivered the following remarks on the House floor to discuss the urgent need to cut government spending and reduce government debt:

  • Spends too much, taxes too much and borrows too much

    This past week, President Obama sent his budget proposal for fiscal year 2012 to Congress.  A budget proposal that quite simply spends too much, taxes too much and borrows way too much.  This proposal continues to lead our nation down the same unsustainable path by growing government, further weakening the economy and increasing our national debt.

  • Spends too much, taxes too much and borrows too much

    This past week, President Obama sent his budget proposal for fiscal year 2012 to Congress.  A budget proposal that quite simply spends too much, taxes too much and borrows way too much.  This proposal continues to lead our nation down the same unsustainable path by growing government, further weakening the economy and increasing our national debt.

  • Swift action

        The second-to-last week before the General Assembly adjourns for the year on February 28 brought swift action on legislation.  For me, those actions were both gratifying and frustrating.

  • Delayed filing results in loss of VA benefits

  • Mitch Daniels calls out conservatives

        For a party that thinks it’s going to win the White House next year, Republicans are off to a slow start with a weak potential field of candidates.

        Those who would walk to the strains of “Hail to the Chief” are certainly taking their time announcing their campaigns. In fact, not a single candidate has made an announcement, not even the imagined front-runner, Mitt Romney.

  • What a tangled Webb!

        I’m still curious why Senator Jim Webb announced that he won’t run for reelection.

  • Raising Kaine

    Former Virginia Governor and now Democratic National Chairman Tim Kaine is being touted as a possible candidate in 2012 to fill the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Jim Webb. Here’s hoping Kaine throws his hat in the ring.

        We have some questions we can’t wait to ask (and we've guessed at his projected answers). Such as:
        Bedford Bulletin - “Mr. Kaine, do you feel you have a good record of supporting law enforcement?”

  • Charting a new course of fiscal discipline and restraint

    By Congressman Robert Hurt