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A Thought about Fiscal Discipline and the Federal Budget

"The fact that the House (of Representatives) budget is at a standstill over $30 billion reveals how unserious some within the Republican Party are about fiscal discipline and actually addressing our national debt crisis.

"The federal budget deficit will swell in relation to gross domestic product this year for the first time since 2009, ballooning to an estimated $534 billion in 2016, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. If Congress continues on its current path of spending, the deficit will surpass $1 trillion by 2022 and every year thereafter. That’s $30 trillion in debt in a decade. Feel the Bern and you will be at $40 trillion. Yes, with a “T.”

"We have only to look to Puerto Rico to see where Washington’s addiction to spending can lead. Many have argued that Donald Trump may not be conservative on fiscal issues. That argument is hot air if Congress itself cannot walk the walk. There is nothing conservative about the Obama-Boehner budget deal that leadership is urging us to vote for.

"If we are serious about fiscal discipline and a brighter future for our country, as conservatives say they are, we must pass a budget that actually reins in federal spending."

~ Rep. Dave Brat (R-Virginia)

Source: his May 12, 2016, op-ed, "Missing a chance to walk the walk toward fiscal discipline," posted at the Washington Times. Brat represents Virginia's 7th district.

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