As a staunch fiscal conservative, I believe Washington should respect hardworking taxpayers’ dollars by living within its means and balancing its budget. That’s why I have voted time and again against out-of-control Washington spending as well as for tough but common-sense conservative measures to get our fiscal house in order…measures like a Balanced Budget Amendment.
Governor Abbott put it best when he said: “Debt today becomes tomorrow’s taxes." Today, our debt stands at over $19 trillion - over $60,000 per person. And yet Democrats propose more spending and more debt. Texans and Americans deserve better, which is why I will continue to fight to get Washington to finally balance the budget and pay down the debt. Nothing less than our country’s future depends on it.
To learn more about my efforts to fight for fiscal responsibility in Washington, click on a topic to jump down to that portion of the page:
Fighting Washington Spending
If you have ever visited my office you’ll see a sign that says, “It’s spending, stupid.” And that’s right.
We’re in fiscal trouble because of spending, not because Washington isn’t getting enough of your hard-earned dollars. As a fiscal conservative, I’ve proudly stood up to Washington’s big spending ways. Two keys examples:
- Omnibus: On December 18, 2015, I voted against the $1 trillion plus Omnibus spending bill (H.R. 2029) because it spent too much. Plain and simple.
- Obama-Boehner Budget Deal: On October 28, 2015 I voted against the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (H.R. 1314) because it went in the wrong direction. Instead of building upon our hard-won efforts to get our fiscal house in order, the deal increased spending and our debt…and I could not in good conscience support it.
Bottom-line: The taxpayers of Collin County want, need, and deserve a Washington that is fiscally responsible. You can rest assured I’ll continue to do everything within my power to get our country back on track.
Saving Taxpayer Dollars By Eliminating Waste, Fraud, and Abuse
In addition to my fiscally conservative voting record, I’ve introduced common-sense legislation targeting waste, fraud, and abuse in Washington.
Here are some of the bills I think you’ll be most interested in learning about:
- LAW! H.R. 1298, No Amnesty Tax “Refunds” for Illegals Act
This bill – now law – will prevent illegals from receiving up to $24,000 in tax “refunds” from the IRS.
Savings: $1 billion
- H.R. 2478, ITIN Reform Act
This bill would stop illegals from fraudulently getting and using individual taxpayer identification numbers (ITINs) that can be used to get the $1,000 refundable child tax credit.
Savings: $8.2 billion
- The PATH Act (H.R. 2029) includes ITIN reforms based on the ITIN Reform Act.
According to the Joint Committee on Taxation, these reforms will save $3.4 billion.
- H.R. 918, Social Security Disability Insurance and Unemployment Benefits Double Dip Elimination Act
This bill would prohibit individuals from getting disability and unemployment benefits at the same time. Unemployment benefits are for those who can work while disability benefits are for those who can’t work.
Savings: $5.1 billion
- H.R. 2111, Wasteful EPA Programs Elimination Act
This bill would terminate or eliminate federal funding for 13 wasteful Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) programs, would close all EPA field offices, and would require the EPA to lease or sell all underutilized properties.
Savings: $7.5 billion
- H.R. 2334, Refundable Child Tax Credit Eligibility Verification Reform Act of 2015
This bill would stop illegals from getting the $1,000 refundable child tax credit.
Savings: $18.9 billion
- H.R. 2504, Control Unlawful Fugitive Felons (CUFF) Act
This bill would prevent felons who are fleeing the law or who are violating a condition of their probation or parole from getting Social Security benefits.
Savings: $5 billion
These bills alone would save American taxpayers over $45 billion.
To learn about all of the legislation I introduced in the 114th Congress, CLICK HERE