Texas Congressman Chip Roy has sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi about the budget and spending. He takes a position Republican leaders should have taken the last few years and should be taking right now.
According to Rep. Roy, he’d like a commitment for the House to not spend beyond the sequestration levels Congress previously agreed to.
As you know, our nation recently surpassed $22 trillion in debt. With every hour that passes, we add $100 million to that figure. That is unconscionable. That must end.
We know that if we simply hold to current spending levels—even assuming today’s historically low interest rates—spending on interest alone will surpass defense spending within 5 years. Medicare is slated to run out of funds by 2026 and Social Security is slated to run out of funds by 2035.
The good news is that current law is on our side to restrain spending. Congress should hold overall spending to the caps levels already in place while ensuring our men and women in uniform have the tools necessary to do their job. Doing so would be a modest step on a path towards balancing the budget.
He has a number of House conservatives joining him on his letter and these are the conservatives who also fought the good fight even against their own side over the last few years. Congress also needs to listen to them.