Senator Boozman’s response to my letter on fiscal cliff and possible debt ceiling increase

It is obvious to me that if President Obama gets his hands on more money then he will continue to spend away our children’s future. He has already taken the national debt from 11 trillion to 16 trillion in just 4 years. Over, and over, and over, and over, and over and over I have written Speaker Boehner and the Congressmen (Griffin, Womack, Crawford) in Arkansas concerning this. I am hoping they will stand up against this reckless spending that our federal government has done and will continue to do if given the chance.

I have written and emailed Senator Pryor over, and over again with spending cut suggestions but he has ignored all of these good ideas in favor of keeping the printing presses going as we plunge our future generations further in debt. I am convinced if he does not change his liberal voting record that he will no longer be our senator in 2014.

I have always given credit to public officials who take the time to respond back to the people they represent. President Obama has done an excellent job in this regard and Senator John Boozman has too.

I asked Senator Boozman not to raise the debt ceiling unless we got a Balanced Budget Amendment passed first. We have enough votes in the Senate to block passage of the debt ceiling increase and President Obama knows that. However, I don’t think Republicans have the guts to stop the spending.

The problem in Washington is not lack of revenue but our lack of spending restraint. We almost had a balanced budget in 2007 and if we had frozen spending at 2007 levels then we would be close to a balanced budget now. Instead of controlling spending our spending has gone from 2.7 trillion to 3.8 trillion in just 5 short years!!!

Several of Senator Boozman’s Republican Senate friends  voted to cut the Food Stamp Program and I was very happy that they were brave enough to do that even though they lost the vote. We got to start making the tough spending cut decisions!!!!

At least Senator Boozman is a strong proponent of the Balanced Budget Amendment while our other Senator (Mark Pryor) has always opposed it. Below is the email I got from Senator Boozman followed by some links on this same issue.

Dear Mr. Hatcher, 

Thank you for contacting me to express your thoughts regarding the federal debt ceiling. It is good to hear from you. 

I believe that our nation is facing a fiscal crisis. We are on a path of unbridled spending that simply cannot be sustained. To date, the federal debt is $16 trillion dollars, and the U.S. Treasury estimates that our current debt limit will be reached by the end of this year. The federal government’s rising debt is reckless, irresponsible and dangerous, and there must be a mechanism that will prevent overspending in the future. 

Throughout my time in office, I have fought for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. You will be pleased to know I am a cosponsor of  S.J.Res . 3 and S.J. Res. 10, balanced budget resolutions introduced by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) as well as S.J. Res. 4, a balanced budget resolution introduced by Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL). All of these measures would propose a Constitutional amendment that stipulates that the United States cannot spend more than its total revenue for any given fiscal year. Additionally, Senator Hatch’s resolutions would require two-thirds majority vote in both chambers of Congress in order to impose a new tax.  S.J.Res . 3,  S.J.Res . 4 are currently being considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee and  S.J.Res . 10 failed to pass during a vote on December 14, 2011. 

I believe there are multiple ways to curb federal spending, from the elimination of wasteful and duplicative programs to a sizeable reduction in the size and scope of the federal budget. As the father of three daughters, I believe it is very important that our future generations are not saddled with exorbitant taxes and record deficits. Please be assured that I will remain steadfast in supporting legislation that encourages fiscal restraint, aggressively tackles our runaway deficits, and begins to pay down our nation’s crushing debt. 

Again, thank you for contacting me on this very important issue. Please be sure to visit our website at  www.boozman.senate.gov . I look forward to your continued correspondence.

Sincerely,

John Boozman
U.S. Senator

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