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Rod Blum on Budget & Economy

 

 


Penny Plan: cut 1% per year to balance budget

The federal government's deficit this year is projected to be around $1.0 trillion. Over the last five years, Washington DC has spent $6 trillion it didn't have. $6 trillion that it had to borrow. $6 trillion it had to print. Today our national debt nearly stands at a staggering $17 trillion. That's not good.

Our federal budget was last balanced in 2001. Since then federal revenues have grown 23%. But federal spending has almost doubled. As one can plainly see: we don't have a revenue problem--we have a spending addiction. We need to send people to Washington who believe NO is an acceptable answer sometimes.

I support the Penny Plan for balancing the budget. The Penny Plan cuts 1% per year from the budget for the next six years. At the end of the 6th year the budget will be balanced. Congress can determine where the cuts come from or they can decide to cut the budget 1% across the board.

Source: 2014 Iowa House campaign website, RodBlum.com , Nov 4, 2014

Supports a Balanced Budget Amendment.

Blum supports the CC survey question on Balanced Budget

CC.org's self-description: "The Christian Coalition voter guide [is] one of the most powerful tools Christians have ever had to impact our society during elections. This simple tool has helped educate tens of millions of citizens across this nation as to where candidates for public office stand on key faith and family issues.

The Coalition is a political organization, made up of pro-family Americans who care deeply about ensuring that government serves to strengthen and preserve, rather than threaten, our families and our values. To that end, we work continuously to identify, educate and mobilize Christians for effective political action." The CC survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: 'Passage of a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution'

Source: Christian Coalition Survey 14-CC-Q20 on Aug 15, 2014

Opposes stimulus spending.

Blum opposes the F2A survey question on stimulus spending

Faith2Action.org is "the nation's largest network of pro-family groups." They provide election resources for each state, including Voter Guides and Congressional Scorecards excerpted here. The F2A survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: 'Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?'

Source: Faith2Action Survey 14-F2A-Q20 on Sep 30, 2014

Opposes stimulus spending.

Blum opposes the PVS survey question on stimulus spending

Project VoteSmart infers summary responses from campaign statements and news reports The PVS survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: 'Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?'

Source: Project VoteSmart Inferred Survey 14-PVS-q20 on Sep 30, 2014

2016-17 Governor, House and Senate candidates on Budget & Economy: Rod Blum on other issues:
IA Gubernatorial:
Chet Culver
Jack Hatch
Kim Reynolds
Rich Leopold
Terry Branstad
Tom Hoefling
IA Senatorial:
Bruce Braley
Doug Butzier
Joni Ernst
Matthew Whitaker
Sam Clovis

Special elections in 2017 (Democrats):
CA-34:Becerra(D; appointed CA Atty General)
CA-34:Gomez(D; elected June 6)
GA-6:Ossoff(D; lost election June 20)

Newly-elected Democrats as of Jan.2017:
AZ-1:O`Halleran(D)
CA-17:Khanna(D)
CA-20:Panetta(D)
CA-24:Carbajal(D)
CA-44:Barragan(D)
CA-46:Correa(D)
DE-0:Rochester(D)
FL-5:Lawson(D)
FL-7:Murphy(D)
FL-9:Soto(D)
FL-10:Demings(D)
FL-13:Crist(D)
HI-1:Hanabusa(D)
IL-10:Schneider(D)
IL-8:Krishnamoorthi(D)
MD-4:Brown(D)
MD-8:Raskin(D)
NH-1:Shea-Porter(D)
NJ-5:Gottheimer(D)
NV-3:Rosen(D)
NV-4:Kihuen(D)
NY-3:Suozzi(D)
NY-13:Espaillat(D)
PA-2:Evans(D)
TX-15:Gonzalez(D)
VA-4:McEachin(D)
WA-7:Jayapal(D)
Special elections in 2017 (Republicans):
KS-4:Pompeo(R; appointed CIA Director)
KS-4:Estes(R; elected April 11)
GA-6:Price(R; appointed HHS Secretary)
GA-6:Handel(R; elected June 20)
MT-0:Zinke(R; appointed DOI Secretary)
MT-0:Gianforte(R; elected May 25)
SC-5:Mulvaney(R; appointed OMB Director)
SC-5:Norman(R; elected June 20)
UT-3:Chaffetz(R; resigned; election pending Nov. 7)

Newly-elected Republicans as of Jan.2017:
AZ-5:Biggs(R)
FL-1:Gaetz(R)
FL-2:Dunn(R)
FL-18:Mast(R)
FL-19:Rooney(R)
FL-4:Rutherford(R)
GA-3:Ferguson(R)
IN-3:Banks(R)
IN-9:Hollingsworth(R)
KS-1:Marshall(R)
KY-1:Comer(R)
MI-1:Bergman(R)
MI-10:Mitchell(R)
MN-2:Lewis(R)
NC-13:Budd(R)
NE-2:Bacon(R)
NY-19:Faso(R)
NY-22:Tenney(R)
PA-8:Fitzpatrick(R)
TN-8:Kustoff(R)
TX-19:Arrington(R)
VA-2:Taylor(R)
VA-5:Garrett(R)
WI-8:Gallagher(R)
WY-0:Cheney(R)
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