I Refuse to Endorse Lazy Governance

October 1, 2021
Weekly Columns

It has been a busy week on Capitol Hill as lawmakers wait to vote on the $1.2 trillion infrastructure legislation, which is intricately tied to the $4.3 trillion reconciliation package. To pave the way for the massive spending packages that total over $5,000,000,000,000, Democrats voted, in a completely political move, to suspend the debt limit until just after the mid-term elections in 2022. This allows Democrats to completely pass the buck and avoid telling the American people how much each of us owe to cover the Democrats’ massive spending priorities. 

To avoid a government shutdown, Democrats pushed through the House a continuing resolution or a “CR” which will temporarily fund the government through December 3rd. I voted against this CR, as I have with previous CRs, because I refuse to endorse lazy governance such as this. We know that the new fiscal year starts every October 1st, and our appropriations bills must be passed by then to avoid the threat of a government shutdown. My colleagues and I were sent to Washington, D.C. to serve the American people, and passing a CR without any hope of making progress on the regular order spending process only empowers Congressional leadership, not our constituents.

I will always fight to ensure that taxpayer dollars are used responsibly. I refuse to burden our children and grandchildren will the consequences of today’s shortsighted choices.