Statements about Federal Budget
Thomas Jefferson expressed "strong support" for a balanced budget amendment in 1798.
"The estimated savings of this (debt ceiling) deal only pay for half of the cost of extending all of the Bush-era tax cuts for another decade."
"As a percentage of our gross domestic product, the defense budget remains just 3.6 percent. This figure is low by all historical standards."
(Rep. Bob Goodlatte's) balanced budget amendment does not require a balanced budget.
"Harry Reid’s plan is basically giving the president a blank check."
"If you look at our tax mix, the share of corporate revenues as a percentage of our overall revenue mix has declined by about half over the last 30 years."
On subsidies for ethanol production.
Non-defense discretionary spending has increased "by over 80 percent in the last two years."
"The (national) debt really added up $75 trillion in 2010 and is on track to hit $99 trillion this year."
"Rep. Robert Hurt voted again today to end Medicare and raise health care costs for Virginia seniors."
"Gerry Connolly and his fellow Democrats went on a spending spree and now their credit card is maxed out."
"If you look at the benefits and wages of recorded federal employees, they far outstrip the market rates of the private sector."
The U.S. has "over $62 trillion in unfunded liabilities."
Failure to raise the debt limit does not force a U.S. default on debt payments.
George Allen "had 40,000 earmarks" while he was a senator.
Rep. Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan "lines the pockets of the private insurance companies," increases costs for seniors and does not reduce the deficit.
"Right now we are spending at an all-time high, close to 25 percent of our GDP [is] being spent on the federal government. But our revenues are at an almost all-time low of about 15 percent [of GDP]."
George Allen voted to add $3 trillion to the federal debt, voted to raise the debt ceiling four times and voted for the No Child Left Behind Act while he was a senator.
Discretionary spending has "increased over 20-some percent in two years if you don’t include the stimulus. If you put in the stimulus, it’s over 80 percent."
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