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Christine O`Donnell on Government Reform

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Cancel unspent stimulus; freeze spending & hiring

Q: What would you cut in the federal budget? And don't just say waste, fraud and abuse, because everybody says that.

O'DONNELL: That's a great question because first of all we have got to tackle the deficit because our deficit is almost becoming equal to our GDP. That's when your currency collapses, your market collapses. We've got to take drastic measures.

Q: So what would you cut specifically?

O'DONNELL: First of all, cancel the unspent stimulus bill. Second, put a freeze on discretionary spending, put a hiring freeze on non-security personnel. And then, of course, when we're talking about cutting government spending, we've got to talk about waste, fraud and abuse. A recent report came out said we spend over $1 billion in Medicaid waste, fraud, and abuse.

COONS: I would seriously consider supporting a freeze on non defense discretionary spending for three years, which would achieve significant reductions. I've also identified on my web site a series of reductions that I would support.

Source: CNN's Wolf Blitzer moderating 2010 Delaware Senate debate , Oct 13, 2010

Private sector solutions over growth of government

O'Donnell repeatedly emphasized her concerns over the growth of government and stressed "private-sector solutions" on a range of questions.

The Democrat pitched himself as independent of his party in Washington, saying, "I would not have supported the bailout," because he said it was done too fast and "put hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars at risk."

Source: The Hill coverage of 2010 Delaware Senate debate , Sep 16, 2010

Deal With Delaware: I will limit myself to two terms

Deal With Delaware: I will limit myself to two terms.

We need politicians who will put the next generation ahead of the next election. Congress has a hard time setting real priorities with limited resources and doing the right thing for the long-term instead of short-term political gain.

Source: 2008 Senate campaign website, www.christineodonnell08.com , May 2, 2008

Pledges only 2 terms, so decisions not based on keeping seat

My Deal With Delaware is that I pledge I will limit myself to 2 terms. We need politicians who will put the next generation ahead of the next election. Congress has a hard time setting real priorities with limited resources, and doing the right thing for the long-term instead of short-term political profit. There’s been an explosion of corruption, bribery and lobbying scandals in Washington, DC. Many politicians start making decisions based on keeping their seats rather than what is best for America.
Source: 2006 Senate campaign website, www.christineodonnell.com , Aug 31, 2006

Identify constitutionality in every new congressional bill.

O'Donnell signed the Contract From America

The Contract from America, clause 1. Protect the Constitution:

Require each bill to identify the specific provision of the Constitution that gives Congress the power to do what the bill does.

Source: The Contract From America 10-CFA01 on Jul 8, 2010

Audit federal agencies, to reform or eliminate them.

O'Donnell signed the Contract From America

The Contract from America, clause 5. Restore Fiscal Responsibility & Constitutionally Limited Government in Washington:

Create a Blue Ribbon taskforce that engages in a complete audit of federal agencies and programs, assessing their Constitutionality,

Source: The Contract From America 10-CFA05 on Jul 8, 2010

Moratorium on all earmarks until budget is balanced.

O'Donnell signed the Contract From America

The Contract from America, clause 9. Stop the Pork:

Place a moratorium on all earmarks until the budget is balanced, and then require a 2/3 majority to pass any earmark.

Source: The Contract From America 10-CFA09 on Jul 8, 2010

Signed term limit pledge: 6 years House; 12 years Senate.

O'Donnell signed pledging 6-year term limit

Organizational Self-Description: U.S. Term Limits, the nation's oldest and largest term limits advocacy group, announced that 14 new signers of its congressional term limits amendment pledge have been elected to the 114th Congress. The group includes five new senators, eight new House members and one House incumbent who signed the pledge for the first time this cycle. The pledge calls for members to co-sponsor and vote for a constitutional amendment limiting House members to three terms (six years) and Senators to two terms (12 years). The USTL President said, "The American people are fed up with career politicians in Washington and strongly embracing term limits as a remedy. Gallup polling shows that 75% of Americans support term limits."

Opposing legal argument: [ACLU, Nov. 7, 2014]: In U.S. Term Limits v. Thornton (May 22, 1995), the Court ended the movement to enact term limits for Congress on a state-by-state basis. The Court held that the qualifications for Congress established in the Constitution itself could not be amended by the states without a constitutional amendment, and that the notion of congressional term limits violates the "fundamental principle of our representative democracy 'that the people should chose whom they please to govern them.'"

Opposing political argument: [Cato Institute Briefing Paper No. 14, Feb. 18, 1992]: Several considerations may explain political scientists' open hostility to term limitation:

Source: Press release from U.S. Term Limits 16-USTL on Nov 8, 2014

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