America faces a looming crisis due to out of control growth of federal spending. Congress has a solemn obligation to ensure that our children and grandchildren are not stuck paying the bill for this reckless spending. I believe that our federal government spends too much and with very little forethought or restraint.
At a time of economic struggle, spending should be curtailed wherever possible. It is the duty of Congress to pass responsible spending bills that maintain an efficient government and target limited funds where they will do the most good in our economy.
Every day, American families face difficult choices and challenges to make sure their family lives within its means. The federal government has a moral obligation to do the same.
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Op/Eds authored by Olson on how to address our fiscal crisis:
Federal flood insurance program needs common sense reforms - Houston Community News 11/20/13
It's time to balance the federal budget - The Hill Mobile 03/21/13
Entrepreneurial spirit is what makes America great - The Hill 07/24/12
So Steve Jobs didn’t build Apple, government did? - Pasadena Citizen 07/24/12
President willing to violate Constitution for political gain - Bay Area Citizen 1/23/12
Tax reform is key to economic recovery- Fort Bend Sun 11/02/11
The case for a balanced budget amendment- Fort Bend Sun 09/16/11
Debt limit talks a chance to make meaningful cuts- Sugar Land Sun 06/30/11
More freedom, less spending key to job creation- Bay Area Citizen 06/21/11
Grow the economy with common sense reforms- The Hill 03/24/11
Federal Spending Issue Bills Supported by Rep. Olson:
1. H.R. 196: To eliminate automatic pay adjustments for Members of Congress, and for other purposes.
2. H.R. 149: Prioritize Spending Act of 2013
3. H. R. 54: To provide that no pay adjustment for Members of Congress shall be made with respect to any pay period occurring during the One Hundred Thirteenth Congress.
4. H.J.RES.2: Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
5. H.J. RES. 1: Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
6. H.R.367: Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2013
7. H.R.444: Require a PLAN Act
8. H.R. 828: Decrease Spending Now Act
9. H.R.959: To prohibit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from awarding any grant, contract, cooperative agreement, or other financial assistance under section 103 of the Clean Air Act for any program, project, or activity to occur outside the United States and its territories and possessions.
10. H.R.959: Accountability in Grants Act of 2013
11. H.RES.111: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the President should refrain from any further taxpayer-funded vacations until the White House can be re-opened for public tours.
12. H.R.1594: To prohibit the use of Federal funds for the costs of official portraits of members of Congress, heads of executive agencies, or heads of offices of the legislative branch.
Sponsor: Rep Cassidy, Bill [R-LA-6] (introduced 4/17/2013) Cosponsors: 12
13. H.R.7: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act
Sponsor: Rep Smith, Christopher H. [R-NJ-4] (introduced 5/14/2013) Cosponsors: 132
14. H.R.2009: Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013
Sponsor: Rep Price, Tom [R-GA-6] (introduced 5/16/2013) Cosponsors: 145
15. H.R.2682: Defund Obamacare Act of 2013
Sponsor: Rep Graves, Tom [R-GA-14] (introduced 7/11/2013) Cosponsors: 148
16. H.R.2725: Food and Drug Administration Safety Over Sequestration Act of 2013
Sponsor: Rep Lance, Leonard [R-NJ-7] (introduced 7/18/2013) Cosponsors: 45
Tax Issue Bills Supported by Rep. Olson:
1. H.R. 147: Death Tax Repeal Act
2. H.R. 25: Fair Tax Act of 2013
3. H.R.422: Children's Hope Act of 2013
4. H.R.483: Farmers Against Crippling Taxes Act
5. H.J.RES.27: Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States prohibiting the Federal Government from using the power of taxation to compel someone to engage in commercial activity.
6. H.R.807: Full Faith and Credit Act
7. H.CON.RES.24: Expressing the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the United States economy.
8. H.R.1950: Taxpayer Nondiscrimination & Protection Act of 2013
Sponsor: Rep Turner, Michael R. [R-OH-10] (introduced 5/13/2013) Cosponsors: 104
9. H.R.2289: To rename section 219(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as the Kay Bailey Hutchison Spousal IRA.
Sponsor: Rep Johnson, Sam [R-TX-3] (introduced 6/6/2013) Cosponsors: 25
10. H.R.2877: To prevent certain discriminatory taxation of natural gas pipeline property.
Sponsor: Rep Flores, Bill [R-TX-17] (introduced 7/31/2013) Cosponsors: 5
11. H.R.2807: Conservation Easement Incentive Act of 2013
Sponsor: Rep Gerlach, Jim [R-PA-6] (introduced 7/24/2013) Cosponsors: 139
Labor Issue Bills Supported by Rep. Olson:
1. H.R. 230: Johnson Space Center Workforce of 2013
2. H.R. 1097: Preserving Jobs in the Oilfield Act of 2013
3. H.R.1406: Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013
Sponsor: Rep Roby, Martha [R-AL-2] (introduced 4/9/2013) Cosponsors: 168
4. H.R.2575: Save American Workers Act of 2013
Sponsor: Rep Young, Todd C. [R-IN-9] (introduced 6/28/2013) Cosponsors: 148
Rep. Pete Olson (R-Texas) is a member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee.