Budget and Fiscal Responsibility
Families across western and central Wisconsin know a budget is about priorities. Responsible budgeting also means adhering to some basic principles: don’t spend more than you take in and make smart investments that will help you down the road. With that in mind, I’m working to restore fiscal accountability and discipline in Congress.
Deficit Reduction Plan
I’m committed to making the tough decisions to actually cut wasteful and unnecessary spending. We can do that by reforming four categories of spending.
- Rising health care costs are the fastest area of spending in the federal budget. We must change the way we pay for health care to get these costs under control. Fortunately, recent health care reform puts us on a path to do this.
- Current weapons programs are $300 billion over budget - we must bring these costs under control.
- We must reform our outdated taxpayer-funded farm subsidy programs. They are not responsible to taxpayers, do not help family farmers, and have distorted the marketplace.
Office Budget Giveback
My commitment to fiscal responsibility extends to my congressional office, where I have direct control over the budget. Working with my staff, I have identified savings and cuts every year that we can make to operate my offices in the most fiscally responsible manner possible.
In 2012, I found $81,326 in my office budget to return to the U.S. Treasury, bringing the total amount of federal funds that I have returned to taxpayers to over $1.4 million since I came to Congress. Last year’s savings are on top of the sequester cuts facing the federal government, which during 2013 will lower my office budget by 8.2%.
Of course, my annual budget givebacks are not going to solve our budget problems alone. But that’s no excuse to not do what I can to make a stand on behalf of the taxpayer and show that it’s possible for elected officeholders to provide excellent constituent service on a lean budget.
We cannot let America default on our obligations because we are unwilling to work together to find a compromise on the budget. I know we can find common ground and make the tough decisions necessary to get us on a sound fiscal path. Hear me talk about the importance of putting partisanship aside and cutting wasteful spending in this Fox News interview.
It is imperative that we start making decisions that will guarantee our children inherit a better country. We must restore fiscal responsibility to get this economy growing again.
More on Budget and Fiscal Responsibility
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Ron Kind voted against the fiscally irresponsible government spending package, which includes a number of policies unrelated to funding the government, including significantly increased spending and around $500 billion in lost revenue for the Government. The 1,773-page bill was released less than 24 hours before the final vote and fails to responsibly address our national debt.
Washington, DC— Yesterday, co-chairs of the National Parks Caucus Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) and Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX)—along with members of the National Parks Caucus—sent a letter to House Leaders asking for the Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act to be brought to the floor for a vote. This bipartisan legislation would provide $6.5 billion over five years to help address priority repairs within our parks and public lands.
Washington, DC—Today, the House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution to fund the government through Dec. 20 that also included a repeal of a $7.6 billion rescission currently scheduled to hit states—including Wisconsin—beginning in July 2020. Without this repeal, Wisconsin would have lost more than $140 million in highway funding. Last week, Rep.
Washington, DC—Today, Rep. Ron Kind voted against a rash, backroom budget deal that is not paid for and would add $1.7 trillion to the country’s debt over the next ten years. The U.S. annual deficit is on track to exceed $1 trillion this year — the highest level since 2012, when much of the country was still climbing out of the recession. In fact, deficits have never been so high outside of wartime or an economic recession.
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Ron Kind voted for and the House passed H.R. 397, the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act (Butch Lewis Act). This bipartisan legislation will address the multiemployer pension crisis by allowing the Treasury Department to sell special bonds to finance pension plans. Rep. Ron Kind was an original cosponsor of the bill, which will provide retirement security for workers and retirees. Earlier this month, the Butch Lewis Act passed through the House Committee on Ways and Means, where Rep.
WASHINGTON – Today, the House Committee on Ways and Means passed the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act (Butch Lewis Act)—bipartisan legislation that will help struggling pension programs get back on track and preserves benefits for thousands and thousands of retirees. Rep. Ron Kind is an original co-sponsor of the bill and spoke during today's hearing to urge his colleagues to support the legislation.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Advancing Medical Resident Training in Community Hospitals Act, authored by U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI), unanimously passed out of the Ways and Means Committee with broad bipartisan support. This bill fixes a technical problem in the Medicare program that limits the number of Graduate Medical Education (GME) medical residencies in the state of Wisconsin, and expands opportunities to bring more doctors to community and rural hospitals.
WASHINGTON – This week, the House of Representatives passed a number of bipartisan proposals authored by U.S. Rep. Ron Kind that will benefit Wisconsin.
“I was proud to see my amendments pass on the House floor with strong bipartisan support. These amendments will directly benefit rural communities and sportsmen in western and central Wisconsin.” said Rep. Ron Kind, “I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure these proposals are signed into law in the coming weeks.
WASHINGTON – Today, during a hearing with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind urged USTR Lighthizer to end the misguided trade war that is hurting Wisconsin’s farmers, workers, and families.
Watch the video here.
Since the Trump Administration’s trade war began in March of 2018, Wisconsin taxpayers have paid $251 million in additional taxes, and have seen a 30 percent drop in exports subject to tariff retaliation.
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind voted in support of the Consumers First Act, which will restore oversight and supervisory checks to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an agency systematically weakened by the Trump Administration. His statement is below: