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  • Tax Reform is Insufficient
    Posted in Jim's Blog on February 27, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Fiscal Responsibility

    It is time for the FairTax and Flat Tax supporters to unite behind a plan to eliminate the IRS, repeal the 16th Amendment, and start over. My resolution, House Joint Resolution 104 “Repeal 16”, would do just that. Chairman Dave Camp of the House Ways and Means Committee has great intentions of presenting a simpler, fairer, flatter tax code. This is a noble objective, but the plan released Wednesday inappropriately preserves both the IRS and all the nefarious opportunities for politicians to agai... Read more

  • Congressman Jim Bridenstine Voted Against "Budget Deal"
    Posted in Press Releases on December 12, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Fiscal Responsibility

    Congressman Bridenstine commented on his vote against the Ryan-Murray budget deal: The Ryan Murray budget deal does not address our long term fiscal crisis. The U.S. debt and deficit must be dealt with in a meaningful way now. To put this bill into perspective, the Congressional Budget Office optimistically estimates $6.3 trillion (with a T) of new debt over the next 10 years. This bill would reduce the deficit by only $7 billion (with a B) during the same time. ThatÍs only one tenth of one perc... Read more

  • Congressman Jim Bridenstine Files Bill to Repeal 16th Amendment (Income Tax)
    Posted in Press Releases on November 18, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Fiscal Responsibility

    Congressman Jim Bridenstine has introduced a bill (HJ Res 104) in the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal the 16th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution which allows the federal government to levy the income tax. Congressman Bridenstine said, "Viable alternative plans for raising revenue fairly to support constitutionally enumerated functions of the federal government have been proposed. As long as the 16th Amendment is in place and lobbyists dominate Washington, these alternatives will never b... Read more

  • Congressman Jim Bridenstine Voted "No" on the Continuing Resolution and Extending the Debt Ceiling
    Posted in Press Releases on October 16, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Fiscal Responsibility

    Congressman Jim Bridenstine commented following the vote to pass a Continuing Resolution and extend the Debt Ceiling: “I voted ‘No’ on the bill to raise the debt ceiling without any spending controls and fund the government without providing any relief to millions of Americans being harmed by Obamacare. “The President’s policy of funding all of the government or none of the government violates the principles of a representative republic and is devastating to a nation historically governed by con... Read more

  • Congressman Jim Bridenstine Statement on the Farm Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on July 11, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Fiscal Responsibility

    In the largest shift in farm policy since 1970, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Farm Bill without food stamps. The food stamps or “nutrition” portion constituted 82% of the total spending in the Farm Bill defeated two weeks ago. Congressman Bridenstine said, “On the previous Farm Bill, 62 conservatives took a stand that we would not vote for the combined bill. While the Farm Bill presented today is not perfect, it is a step in the right direction. It breaks the unholy alliance betwe... Read more

  • Farm Bill Rejected by House
    Posted in Press Releases on June 21, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Fiscal Responsibility

    The so-called Farm Bill was voted down in the US House of Representatives this week. Congressman Jim Bridenstine was among the 234 voting “No” in a bi-partisan majority. The Farm Bill wrapped agriculture subsidies and the food stamp program into one piece of legislation. Congressman Bridenstine observed, “Both the agriculture program and food stamps need major reform. The two programs must be separated to accomplish real reform. Many people don’t realize that over 70% of the spending in the bill... Read more

  • House of Representatives Passes Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, Congressman Jim Bridenstine Applauds Limitation on DHS Ammo Purchases
    Posted in Press Releases on June 6, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Fiscal Responsibility

    The House of Representatives this afternoon passed the FY 2014 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act. HR 2217 provides $38.9 billion in discretionary spending for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) -- $34.9 million below the President’s FY 2014 budget request and $613.2 million below the FY 2013 enacted level. The budget meets the levels set in the FY 2014 House-passed budget, the so-called “Ryan Budget”. The bill does not include the requested pay increase for civilians. The... Read more

  • Congressman Jim Bridenstine Speaks in Support of a Balanced Budget
    Posted in Press Releases on February 6, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Fiscal Responsibility

    Jim Bridenstine made his first speech on the floor of the US House of Representatives today. He asked the President to present a budget that balances within ten years. Bridenstine made the point that continued trillion dollar deficits for the foreseeable future harm seniors, the poor, and middle income families. He explained how deficit spending financed by the Fed creating new money to buy Treasury bonds holds interest rates artificially low, harming seniors living on their savings. New money a... Read more

  • More "Spending as Usual"
    Posted in Jim's Blog on February 5, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Fiscal Responsibility

    Titles for bills in the House always paint the legislation in an appealing light. I had to vote against more “Spending As Usual” tonight. One program actually expired in 2011 but received $265 million in 2012! Today’s bill proposed spending $1.2 billion over the next five years – with no consideration of offsets. Another bill was for less money, but still gave no thought to offsetting the spending with cuts elsewhere. That one also established a new federal grant program and inappropriately inse... Read more

  • No Budget, No Pay, No Good
    Posted in Jim's Blog on January 22, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Fiscal Responsibility

    House Republicans have created a plan bold in name, but weak in substance. It’s called “No Budget, No Pay”. Here is the plan: 1. Suspend the debt limit until May 19th. 2. Make zero cuts to spending in the deal. 3. Violate the 27th Amendment of the Constitution by “varying” congressional compensation. 4. Let military sequestration take effect, cutting $500 billion from the Department of Defense. 5. Pass a Continuing Resolution codifying federal spending at post-sequester levels. 6. Wait to fight ... Read more