Captain Rick: The Budget Act of 2013 kicks the ‘U.S. Debt Can’ down the road yet again. Passed by the U.S. House and expected to be passed by the U.S. Senate next week, I sense renewed concern for the fiscal demise of America. This act does not stop Americas insatiable thirst for debt spending. Debt will continue to rise at a reckless pace. The U.S. debt ceiling will again be reached in February 2014. I would wager it will again be raised. I would also wager that America’s train will plunge over the real fiscal cliff in the coming years. At the bottom lies America as a third world nation. The frustration I feel is well summed up by Matt Salmon, my Arizona representative in the U.S. Congress. Matt is a person that uses intelligence and wisdom to speak and vote … a very rare find in Washington DC these days.



Salmon Statement on the Budget Act of 2013

Washington—Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) released the following statement on the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 (Amendment to H.J. Res. 59):

“I applaud Chairman Ryan and our Republican Budget Conferees for working under difficult circumstances to negotiate a compromise with Senate Democrats, and I appreciate that this deal offers some positive items, such as helping to bring back regular order for the appropriations process, approving the Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreement, restoring badly needed resources for our military, and making small changes to some mandatory spending programs.

“However, for me and most of the constituents I have heard from in my district, this deal falls short of something I could support.

“Unfortunately, this deal fails to even make modest reforms to our nearly bankrupted entitlement programs and it, once again, increases government spending  in the short-term with only a promise to make spending cuts in the long-term.

“If we are not willing to make tough choices now, then how can we expect future Congresses to stop kicking the can down the road?

“This was a grand opportunity for our nation’s leaders to reform and preserve the fiscal longevity of our entitlement programs, and this deal does not rise to that challenge.

“Furthermore, I have never believed that Congress should raise taxes or increase fees to justify more government spending. Sadly, this deal does exactly this by raising fees on air travelers.

“As we move forward under these new spending caps, my hope is that Congress and President Obama will finally recognize that our fiscal problems are not solved by raising more revenue and increasing spending, but by cutting spending and addressing our biggest crisis – unsustainable entitlement spending.

“We must make do with less government or our children and grandchildren will pay the heavy price as we continue to see a skyrocketing debt and runaway government spending.

“We must make big strides in the direction of a smaller and more efficient government in order to get our country back on the right path.”

Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. He is also a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
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  1. Gordon says:

    i have heard for years of all the 100’s of millions the gov’t spends on totally silly things. All we have to do is for CONGRESS to pull the plug and only fund the necessary things that the gov’t is supposed to fund according to the constitution. We will then have plenty of money! The porkers are fat, alive, and well and need to be butchered before it is to late if it is not already! Gordon

    • I agree with Gordon. Congress needs to drastically defund many bureaucratic agencies who pass untold “administrative laws” on American citizens, kill our livelihoods, and turn us into a bunch of ATM machines. These agencies are wreaking havoc on our Constitutional liberties. They include the Department of Education, the Environmental Protection Agency, the IRS, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the United States Forest Service, Department of Energy, Bureau of Land Management, and on and on and on…STARVE THESE BEASTS.

    • atridim says:

      Hi Gordon,
      I sincerely appreciate your comment. Very well said.
      Captain Rick

  2. atridim says:

    UPDATE: Jan. 15, 2014: U.S. House approves massive $1.012 trillion “omnibus” spending bill
    With little protest or debate, the U.S. House approved a massive spending bill to fund the federal government until October. The nearly 1,600-page spending bill includes all 12 of the individual annual spending bills packaged into one $1.012 trillion “omnibus” spending bill. It includes the entire breadth of the federal government’s discretionary spending outside of what it is mandated to spend on entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare. The Senate is expected to pass it before the end of the week.

    Salmon Statement on Omnibus Appropriations Bill
    Pledges to continue to fight for smaller government and less spending

    Washington—Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) released the following statement regarding his vote against the $1.1 trillion FY 2014 Omnibus Appropriations bill:

    “As I’ve said before, the enormity of our government’s current fiscal situation requires that we make bold and sometimes difficult choices to ensure our country returns to a sustainable fiscal path. I remain 100% committed to making these tough choices and moving us towards a smaller and more efficient government.

    “Today’s vote on the omnibus appropriations bill was one of these tough choices I had to make, and ultimately I believe that voting for a trillion-dollar-plus spending bill without more time to find ways on how we could reform and downsize government was something I could not support.

    “Unfortunately, today’s bill spends $45 billion beyond the spending levels agreed upon in the Budget Control Act passed just three years ago.

    “Furthermore, this bill also fails to incorporate strategic opportunities to implement solid fiscal reform. One of these opportunities is the reform of the National Flood Insurance Program, an important federal program for Arizona constituents. Instead of establishing market-based prices for the program in order to reduce federal spending, this bill includes language that delays reform for another year.

    “Moreover, we failed to address the funding structure of PILT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) to ensure its reliability and sustainability. As a western state, much of Arizona’s land is federally owned which makes it heavily dependent on PILT. These federal payments to our local governments help offset losses in property taxes due to non-taxable acres of federal lands within our state. The money from PILT goes to schools, roads, and emergency services. This bill should have addressed the reform of this program to ensure Washington fulfills its promise to Arizona and other Western states.

    “Instead, this bill funds organizations like the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and East-West Center in Hawaii. These are only two examples of spending items we need to reprioritize.

    “If we are not willing to make tough choices now, then how can we expect future Congresses to make the bold and difficult choices we are unwilling to make ourselves?

    “It is my hope that moving forward we will be able to move appropriations bills through regular order and give all Members of Congress an opportunity to conduct transparent oversight of our federal spending. It is time to stop kicking the can down the road and begin taking steps towards a government that does more with less.”

  3. atridim says:

    UPDATE: Jan. 16, 2014: U.S. Senate approves massive $1.012 trillion “omnibus” spending bill
    The U.S. Senate approved a massive spending bill to fund the federal government until Oct. 1. It eliminates the possibility of another government shutdown during that time. President Obama will sign it. The nearly 1,600-page bill includes all 12 of the individual annual spending bills packaged into one $1.012 trillion “omnibus” bill.

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