Suwannee Democrat


December 23, 2013

A message from Congressman Ted Yoho

Live Oak —

On December 12th 2013, the House of Representatives passed a Budget agreement that would set the spending parameters for 2014. It was the first time in decades that a budget has been agreed to and will end the cycle of stop-gap measures that has plagued Congress, and this country, for years. If there is one thing I have noticed in my time here it is that Congress is in non-stop crisis mode. With that type of mindset you'd think that Congress would be serious about solving our nation's pressing issues.
However, I've found this type of crisis management doesn't focus on the pressing issues and hard decisions that need to be made---rather it focuses on getting through the crisis of the any cost. Every time Congress approaches a point where the government will run out of money instead of taking a hard look at what should be cut, the pressure is on to pass what is called a "continuing resolution" to fund the government and push those hard decisions to another day.  
This is the proverbial kicking the can down the road, which has caused our trillions of dollars of debt. These continuing resolutions are like rubber stamps that allow current spending. By perpetuating the status quo, it can lead to greater spending in the long run. This type of spending lacks foresight, stability, and the proper oversight that our Founding Fathers intended us to have over the budgetary process. They intended for Members of Congress to tackle these issues individually so we can focus on how money is being spent and why. These constant continuing resolutions hurt that process because they are large all-inclusive bills that are crafted without the proper scrutiny that is needed. This process hinders our ability to cut what needs to be cut and spend your tax dollars more efficiently. 

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