Federal Spending and Borrowing

The growth of government spending is out of control. In the past four years our nation has added about $6 trillion in new debt borrowed against our children and grandchildren’s' future. Unfortunately, both parties have been complicit in increasing government spending dramatically, though for very different reasons. Today our nation faces $16 trillion in debt, much of it owed to foreign countries hostile to our economic interests and way of life. While some believe that these challenges can simply be put off to a later date, I believe that the time to act against higher borrowing is now. 

I believe that part of the solution to our debt problem is to scale back the federal government and return to the private sector any federal job that could be done more efficiently by a business. There is any number of tasks performed by the federal government which could be provided at both lower cost and higher efficiency by a privately-operated business with real concerns about keeping costs down. 

A second common-sense step is to limit the duplicative duties of many federal agencies, which often conflict and can be counterproductive. For example, in Siskiyou County, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Environmental Protection Agency all believe that they have a role in the regulation of water supply and use.  These agencies provide conflicting direction, fight amongst themselves and generally fail to provide the area's farmers and ranchers with any clear path to profitable operation. Add in the regular disputes these agencies have with similar entities in California's state government and there is a wide array of government workers doing essentially the same job - an incredibly expensive and counterproductive way to operate.   

For more information concerning my work and views on Spending Cuts and Debt, please contact me.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you.

More on Federal Spending and Borrowing

Dec 21, 2017 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed a Continuing Resolution to fund the government until January 19, 2018. Additionally, the House passed an $81 billion disaster aid package for areas affected by wildfires and hurricanes.
Nov 15, 2017 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives agreed to the Senate-amended version of H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), with broad bipartisan support (356-70).
Nov 2, 2017 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it will be investing $14,261,000 in Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative for rural electric infrastructure improvements. The funding will be used to build 1 mile of new electrical line, improve 44 miles of existing line, as well as other system improvements.
Oct 27, 2017 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 469, Sunshine for Regulations and Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act. This legislation ends the practice of “sue and settle” used by federal agencies and special interest groups to create new regulations outside of the normal rule-making process. H.R. 469 will instead allow greater transparency and public input by mandating that agencies publish the original complaint online within 15 days.
Oct 24, 2017 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 732, the Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act. This bill permanently ends the practice used by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to incentivize and sometimes require defendants to pay outside groups as part of their settlement agreements, rather than compensating actual victims.
Oct 5, 2017 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.Con.Res.71, which will balance the national budget within 10 years and produce a $9 billion surplus in 2027. The budget legislation also opens the door for tax reform.
Sep 14, 2017 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3354, the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act. In a return to regular order appropriations process, this package of 12 bills will fund the government for fiscal year 2018.
Sep 8, 2017 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after a federal audit found that the Obama Administration improperly used $84 million in taxpayer dollars on the delta tunnels project.
Sep 8, 2017 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed a bill to provide more than $15 billion in disaster aid for victims of Hurricane Harvey, raise the debt ceiling, and fund the federal government until December 8th.
Sep 6, 2017 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House voted on Wednesday to provide $7,850,000,000 in emergency disaster relief funding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. $7,400,000,000 will be distributed to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Disaster Relief Fund and $450,000,000 to the Small Business Association’s (SBA) Disaster Loans Program.

Pages