Spending/Debt

Like most Americans, I am gravely concerned by the federal government’s out-of-control spending and borrowing which is harming our economy today and threatening the future of the American Dream.

President Obama has tried to solve an economic crisis caused by too much spending and borrowing with more spending and borrowing – and the results speak for themselves. Since he took office, the national debt has grown by $5 trillion (three times the rate of the previous Administration), reaching a total of $15 trillion (or $49,000 per person). If current trends continue, the national debt will reach $22 trillion in 10 years. This mountain of debt has weighed down our entire economy, causing uncertainty and high unemployment.

The only way to get our fiscal house in order is to reduce government spending. Washington has a spending problem, not a revenue problem. The Budget Control Act of 2011 caps federal discretionary spending, saving $2.4 trillion in projected government spending over the next decade. But we need to do more. I am a strong champion for a balanced budget amendment, a line-item veto, and a constitutional amendment to limit government spending to 20% of the U.S. economy (it’s about 25% today). These institutional reforms are critical to America’s future.

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July 28, 2016

An Update for You

Several more “Conversation with Cathy” town halls and listening sessions are in the books, so thought I’d take some time to share with you what I’m hearing. Between the e-mails, letters, and meetings with so many of…

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April 08, 2016

Support continues for USA Act

The USA Act is Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’s latest effort to help restore the voice of, “We, the People,” and reclaim the power of…

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March 24, 2016

This editorial board supports USA Act

The largest circulating daily newspaper in Nevada, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, endorses Cathy McMorris…

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March 22, 2016

Support Mounts for #USAAct, A thoughtful approach to increasing accountability

The USA Act is Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’s latest…

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March 19, 2016

The citizens’ scrutiny

On the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Eastern Washington Congresswoman and Chair of the House Republican Conference Cathy McMorris Rodgers urges her colleagues to reclaim the power of the purse on behalf of the…

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March 17, 2016

In the News: McMorris Rodgers’s USA Act

This week, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) introduced the USA Act, which she notes is “… just one of the…

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March 15, 2016

Too much of the government is on autopilot…

“Too much of the government is on autopilot and it’s time we challenge that status quo.” That’s what…

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March 14, 2016

USA Act Introduced

Today, Eastern Washington’s Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), Chair of the House Republican Conference, introduced legislation to restore the “power of the purse” to the American people as outlined in…

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March 10, 2016

USA Act

The American people are rightly frustrated by a government that thinks it knows best. These frustrations are a symptom of the People losing our power to ensure every penny of taxpayer money and every decision by federal agencies are subject to…

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February 08, 2016

On Roll Call’s “Power Brokers”

Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers sits down with Melinda Henneberger, Editor-in-Chief of Roll Call, to talk about the 2016 agenda in…

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December 23, 2015

On KXLY 4, McMorris Rodgers Looks Ahead to 2016

This week, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers appeared on KXLY 4’s Good Morning Northwest to talk about recent…

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December 18, 2015

Consolidated Appropriations for 2016

Today, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) praised Eastern Washington priorities in the consolidated appropriations bill to fund…