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- We must reform our outdated taxpayer-funded farm subsidy programs.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
Rep. Ron Kind Criticizes Pentagon for Failing First Full Financial Audit and Wasting Wisconsinites’ Tax Dollars
La Crosse – Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind criticized the Pentagon for a flagrant misuse of taxpayer dollars due to a lack of financial oversight in daily operations. The Department of Defense recently released the results of the agency’s first-ever full financial audit, which earned a failing grade due to financial noncompliance and mismanagement of expensive military assets.
Rep. Ron Kind Fights to Limit Wasteful Defense Spending and Lower the National Debt
Bipartisan bill could save billions in taxpayer dollars
La Crosse – Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind introduced the Wasteful Defense Spending Reduction Act, a bipartisan bill that creates an expedited process to cut wasteful defense spending and pay down the national debt.
Rep. Ron Kind Calls on Congress to Fix Broken Cotton Subsidy Programs
Comes after Brazil’s Agriculture Minister states intent to challenge U.S. over new cotton subsidies
Rep. Ron Kind Votes for Balanced Budget Amendment
La Crosse – Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind voted for the Balanced Budget Amendment. His statement is below:
Rep. Ron Kind Returns $102,109.57 to Taxpayers From Annual Office Budget
Kind has returned nearly $2 million to pay down the debt
La Crosse – Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind announced that he is returning $102,109.57 to the U.S. Treasury to pay down the national debt. Rep. Kind has found savings in his congressional budget every year since taking office and has returned nearly $2 million to taxpayers, to date.
Today, the House voted to advance a bill that gives large tax cuts to powerful special interests at the expense of Wisconsin’s working families, family farmers, seniors, and veterans. Rep. Kind voted against the bill.
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind joined a bipartisan group of House Ways and Means Committee members to discuss tax reform with President Trump. Below is his statement on the meeting:
STEVENS POINT, WI – Today, Congressman Ron Kind (WI-3) met with volunteers and taxpayers at Mid-State Technical College to highlight the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Free File programs to help eligible taxpayers save money and maximize their refund this tax season.
La Crosse, WI – In a recent segment on RFD – TV, a station devoted to covering rural issues, Rep. Kind highlighted the negative impact the Trump Administration’s budget blueprint would have on rural communities.
The blueprint makes drastic cuts to programs that create jobs and assist rural Wisconsin communities and families, including a 21% cut to USDA. The cut to the USDA budget would likely negatively impact access to rural broadband, rural economic development grants, and programs essential for clean and reliable drinking water systems.
La Crosse, WI – U.S. Rep. Ron Kind announced today that he is returning $105,017.99 to the U.S. Treasury to pay down the national debt. Rep. Kind has found savings in his congressional budget every year since taking office and has returned over $1.77 million to taxpayers.