REED: LET’S DEPLOY COMMON SENSE WHEN IT COMES TO SPENDING
Tom Reed spent the last two weeks crisscrossing the eleven-county district holding roundtables, meeting with small businesses and wrapping up his 137th town hall. The consistent theme Reed heard during each conversation was the frustration taxpayers have with Washington’s ever-increasing spending habits. Reed is determined to continue holding Washington accountable for its spending and making sure the House doesn’t revert back to its old ways of doing business.
“Let’s deploy common sense when it comes to spending, let’s not spend what we don’t have,” Reed said. “Until Washington does its job and proves it can spend responsibly, it isn’t right or fair for Washington to take one more extra dollar from taxpayers. We’ve made significant strides in reversing the wasteful spending trend but more can always be done to make federal spending more efficient.”
Reed pointed to the discretionary spending lines as a sure sign the House is moving forward in the years since Nancy Pelosi held the speaker’s gavel. Steps taken since then in the House to force federal spending to become more efficient and effective are some of the most significant spending reductions in modern history and are steps Reed says need to continue.
“We’ve now cut discretionary spending for the fourth year in a row in the House, something that hasn’t happened since the Korean War,” Reed said. “By constantly pushing to cut down on wasteful, fraudulent and abusive spending habits in all of which are unfair to taxpayers – we have the ability to champion what we’re hearing from Western New Yorkers are the priorities for our area. We can’t care for our country properly if we don’t prioritize spending in a fair way.”
Reed went on to say returning to the days when Nancy Pelosi was speaker is a step backward for the country.
“What we’ve been able to do since 2010 is start changing the status quo and introduce an open and transparent way of doing business in the House,” Reed said. “I never want to return to the days where Members are uncertain about a bill’s content even as they are on their way to vote because then-Speaker Pelosi still hadn’t released the bill yet. That isn’t fair to the American people and they deserve better.”
“The wave of new Members voters sent to Washington in 2010 saw the damage being done and in response, we’ve instilled a process where policies are actually debated openly and honestly. As we begin the appropriations process we can engage in that conversation of priorities knowing that we need to tackle our debt-driven crisis so that we can care for the needs of our area long-term.”
The House is set to begin considering the first of 12 annual appropriations bills this week.