Brian Mast on Budget & Economy
We need to overhaul federal spending caps and deficit targets enforced by a sequester in order to balance the budget and begin paying down the federal debt. Congress has demonstrated too many times that it won't make tough spending decisions on its own.
While there is plenty of wasteful discretionary spending and a host of programs Washington has no business being involved in, it's impossible to balance the budget without reforming entitlement programs. Entitlements and interest on the debt now constitute 2/3 of the budget. In addition, putting Medicare and Social Security on sound financial footing isn't just about averting a debt crisis; it's about saving these critical programs for the seniors who rely on them and preventing younger taxpayers from having to face huge tax increases and fewer jobs caused by massive spikes in their payroll taxes.
The Christian Coalition Voter Guide inferred whether candidates agree or disagree with the statement, 'Passage of a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution' The Christian Coalition notes, "You can help make sure that voters have the facts BEFORE they cast their votes. We have surveyed candidates in the most competitive congressional races on the issues that are important to conservatives."
The Project Vote Smart Voter Guide inferred how candidates would respond to the question, 'Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?' Project Vote Smart notes, "in response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided [for candidates who] refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads."
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