Joseph Cao on Government Reform
Like you, my values and my family's values are rooted in our faith--a faith which has allowed me to build a life I am proud of by employing what many call "good old fashioned hard work".
It is this same faith and these same values which will guide me as I champion comprehensive ethics reform in Washington. To reestablish our trust our government and our elected officials must become more open and transparent.
This is your money that our government is spending! Let's demand that they manage your tax dollars with respect and let's begin by putting a stop to taxpayer funded retirement benefits from any public official convicted of political corruption no matter race, party affiliation or political status.
Proponent's argument to vote Yes:Rep. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ (D, FL-20): We, as Members of Congress, have responsibility not just for the institution, but for the staff that work for this institution, and to preserve the facilities that help support this institution. We have endeavored to do that responsibly, and I believe we have accomplished that goal.
Opponent's argument to vote No:Rep. SCALISE (R, LA-1): It's a sad day when someone attempts to cut spending in a bill that grows government by the size of 7%, and it's not allowed to be debated on this House floor. Some of their Members actually used the term "nonsense" and "foolishness" when describing our amendments to cut spending; they call that a delaying tactic. Well, I think Americans all across this country want more of those types of delaying tactics to slow down this runaway train of massive Federal spending. Every dollar we spend from today all the way through the end of this year is borrowed money. We don't have that money. We need to control what we're spending.
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