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John Ashcroft on Budget & Economy

Former Attorney General; Former Republican Senator (MO)


Helped balance budget; now pay down national debt

Source: JohnAshcroft.org, campaign web site , Nov 7, 2000

Pay off the national debt

One of the most important lessons a parent teaches a child is to be responsible - responsible for his or her conduct and responsible for his or her money. America needs to be much more responsible with the people’s money. Interest payments on the national debt now consume more than $200 billion a year, an intolerable claim on national income. Beyond the burden of annual interest, America should leave to the next generation a future free of debt. If we pay down the national debt just as families
Source: JohnAshcroft.org, campaign web site , Oct 9, 1998

Voted YES on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts.

Vote to table [kill] an amendment that would increase the amount of the budget that would be used to reduce the national debt by $75 billion over 5 year. The debt reduction would be offset by reducing the tax cut in the budget framework from $150 billion
Reference: Bill S Con Res 101 ; vote number 2000-55 on Apr 5, 2000

Voted NO on 1998 GOP budget.

Approval of the 1998 GOP Budget which would cut spending and taxes.
Status: CR Agreed to Y)78; N)22
Reference: H. Con. Res. 84 as amended; Bill H. Con. Res. 84 ; vote number 1997-92 on May 23, 1997

Voted YES on Balanced-budget constitutional amendment.

Approval of the balanced-budget constitutional amendment.
Status: Joint Resolution Defeated Y)66; N)34
Reference: S. J. Res. 1; Bill S. J. Res. 1 ; vote number 1997-24 on Mar 4, 1997

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