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Draining the Swamp

I was elected to office because the American people are tired of the D.C. way. I brought my work boots because I am here to drain the swamp.

I am leading the charge to ban corrupt practices like earmarks that waste taxpayer dollars. It is wrong for career politicians to enrich themselves while bankrupting Americans by using taxpayer dollars to reward campaign donors and lobbyists with special favors.

I cosponsored the House Finding Federal Savings Committee to create a temporary committee in the House charged with studying federal programs and determining which ones are underperforming or nonessential and then develop recommendations on whether they should be modified or eliminated.

I cosponsored the Eliminate Agency Excess Space Act to authorize empty federal office buildings to be put up for sale. I cosponsored multiple amendments that would eliminate wasteful federal spending on the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Rather than work to appease the swamp, I work on behalf of the Coloradans I represent. As a small business owner, I understand how to manage finances, and as anyone can see, the government does not have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem.

At a time when our debt is over $28 trillion, we need to cut unauthorized and wasteful spending wherever we can and restore fiscal responsibility.  We need a targeted, well-constructed budget aimed at specific issues while incentivizing business and individual investments. The government’s fiscal irresponsibility threatens our economic and national security.

As a member of the Budget Committee, I will hold Congress accountable do its job and exercise oversight over the budget process. Too many programs get tax dollars by going around the law and not going through the established appropriations authorization process. The status quo needs to change, and Congress needs to have a real debate and pass a real budget rather than hastily ram it through in a manufactured end-of-year crisis when funding runs out.