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  • Congressman Jim Bridenstine Is Studying Alternatives to Raising Debt Ceiling
    Posted in Press Releases on March 23, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Fiscal Responsibility

    The federal debt ceiling expired March 15th, but Treasury Secretary Lew announced he would use “extraordinary measures” to continue spending. The Congressional Budget Office estimated Treasury has the ability to continue spending through October or November. Bridenstine said his office has been working on an analysis of alternatives to raising the federal debt ceiling. He brought in Dean Clancy, an expert in budget analysis who has worked in the White House in three Republican Administrations. H... Read more

  • Congressman Jim Bridenstine Votes Against Amtrak Subsidies
    Posted in Jim's Blog on March 4, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Fiscal Responsibility

    Today I voted against HR 749, the passenger rail bill which authorizes funding primarily for Amtrak. 100 other republicans joined me in attempting to stop First District taxpayers from subsidizing government passenger rail transport. Congress should be phasing out federal funding for Amtrak. Instead, this bill increases authorization levels between 2016-2019 and makes it easier for Amtrak to access taxpayer-backed debt. An amendment offered by Rep. Tom McClintock to end operating subsidies was d... Read more

  • Charity by fraud
    Posted in In The News on February 23, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Fiscal Responsibility

    Food stamp fraud is a scandal that should give every taxpayer, Democrat, Republican or rogue of no particular partisan persuasion, a severe case of indigestion. Rep. Matt Salmon, Arizona Republican, wants to take a bite out of it. He is the chief sponsor of the SNAP Verify Act of 2015, which aims to root out nearly $1 billion a year in fraud in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (hence SNAP), the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s formal name for the food stamp program. Mr. Salmon’s bil... Read more

  • Congressman Jim Bridenstine Votes Against Omnibus Spending Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on December 12, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Fiscal Responsibility

    There are several good provisions in the omnibus spending bill considered tonight in the House. I could also recite a litany of objectionable provisions in it. Every Congressman could find things to like and to dislike, that's the way it was written. My primary concern was to block any funds to implement the President's unilateral amnesty plan announced on November 20th. The recent election clearly revealed that the American people overwhelmingly oppose any attempt by the Administration to go ar... Read more

  • Congressman Jim Bridenstine Votes Against Creating More Tax Manipulations
    Posted in Press Releases on December 5, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Fiscal Responsibility

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  • Congressman Jim Bridenstine Rejects Supplemental Budget Request
    Posted in Press Releases on July 8, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Fiscal Responsibility, Immigration

    The President sent his supplemental appropriations request to Congress today. It is for $4.3 billion, significantly more than the expected $1.9 billion. Of the $4.3 billion, $600 million is to fight wildfires, an unrelated issue. The President's request does nothing to address the root causes of the problem: lax border security and the administration's indirect encouragement of illegal immigration through executive orders. Congressman Bridenstine said, "The Secure Fence Act of 2006 requires 100%... Read more

  • Congressman Jim Bridenstine Contributes to the National Defense Authorization Act
    Posted in Press Releases on May 22, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security, Fiscal Responsibility

    Today, the House passed the FY15 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by a strong, bipartisan vote of 325 to 98. The U.S. Constitution Article I, Section 8 gives Congress a responsibility to provide for the common defense by authorizing a budget and setting policy for the Department of Defense. HR 4435 authorizes $521 billion for the Department of Defense, $30 billion less than FY14 enacted appropriations for our military. President Obama's budget requests reflect over $1 trillion in defens... Read more

  • Congressman Jim Bridenstine Preserves National Defense Capabilities in Oklahoma
    Posted in Press Releases on May 7, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense and National Security, Fiscal Responsibility

    Congressman Jim Bridenstine won three significant victories today to retain national defense capabilities in Oklahoma. The National Defense Authorization Act for FY15 is being considered in the House Armed Services Committee, with final approval expected late this evening. Congressman Bridenstine offered three successful amendments which will benefit Oklahoma. One provision saves three AWACS aircraft and the 513th Air Control Group that employs over 350 people at Tinker Air Force Base. Additiona... Read more

  • Congressman Jim Bridenstine supports the Ryan Budget
    Posted in Press Releases on April 9, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Fiscal Responsibility

    The FY 2015 Republican Budget _ the so-called Ryan Budget _ is a political philosophy document that outlines a Republican vision of governing. While I do not agree with everything in the Ryan Budget, I will vote for it because I agree with the following policy objectives: First, it balances in 10 years. Second, it restores funding to the military. Third, it seeks to reverse regulatory excesses that have impeded economic recovery. Fourth, it makes tough decisions to reform some major entitlement ... Read more

  • Bipartisan Group Introduces Bill to Stop the Government from Selling Reports Available Online for Free
    Posted in Press Releases on April 3, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Fiscal Responsibility

    (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and U.S. Representatives Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) and Henry Cuellar (D-TX) today introduced the Let Me Google That For You Act, a bill to eliminate an outdated agency that has lost more than $1 million trying to sell government reports that are available for free online. With a money-losing profit model only the government could design, the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) sells free government reports to... Read more