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.
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More on Federal Spending and Borrowing
For Immediate Release
January 15, 2014
Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today voted against the omnibus appropriations bill passed by the House today, H.R. 3547, which allocates funding approved in the budget agreement passed last month. LaMalfa supported the December budget agreement that set federal spending at $1.012 trillion, $115 billion less than the government was spending when he was sworn in, but stated that today’s measure should have repaired some of the problems within the budget agreement.
Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today voted against a borrowing package that increases the national debt without addressing the federal government’s unsustainable borrowing, which amounts to about 40% of each dollar spent. The measure, H.R. 2775, was passed on a 285-144 vote and will now be sent to the President. Rather than set a hard borrowing limit, the bill would pay all debts incurred prior to February 8, 2014, effectively giving the Obama administration free reign to borrow without restraint over the next several months.
Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today voted in favor of measures supporting government operations as part of the House plan to fully fund the government. The House has been working for the last two weeks to fund the government, passing three full funding bills and numerous smaller bills. However, the Senate and President Obama have failed to act on most of these measures and still refuses to meet with the House to negotiate the federal budget.
Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today announced that his Washington, D.C. and district offices will remain open to serve constituents during the federal government shutdown.
Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today voted in favor of a continuing resolution that funds government operations, prevents spending increases and eliminates Congress’ special treatment under Obamacare. The bill, H.Res. 59, was passed by the House on a bipartisan 228-201 vote and will now be considered by the Senate. The measure is the third time the House, which was in session over the weekend, has acted to prevent a government shutdown. The Senate has refused to negotiate and left Washington last Friday, only returning to work late this afternoon.
Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) spoke on the House floor today to urge to President Obama and the Senate to return to negotiations with the House. While the Senate recessed Friday and does not return until Monday, the House of Representatives is in session and working to avert a government shutdown that would occur if a Continuing Resolution to fund the government is not passed by midnight on Monday.
Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today voted in favor of the Full Faith and Credit Act, a measure he cosponsored to ensure that the government will never default on its debts. H.R. 290 requires the Treasury Department to continue making payments on the federal government’s debt in the event of an impasse over future debt ceiling increases.
Washington, DC – Redding, CA – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) released the following statement on Tax Day:
“Today, as millions of hard-working taxpayers across the country file their income taxes, Washington’s spending problem could not be more clear.
Washington, DC – Redding, CA – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today issued the following comment on President Obama’s FY 2014 Budget released today, over two months late:
Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today visited the Bureau of Public Debt, where US Treasury securities are auctioned off to fund the federal government’s borrowing. LaMalfa toured the departments which facilitate billions of dollars of borrowing a day to support the Obama administration’s trillions in new debt.