Column: Washington's tax, spending problems only getting worse



Not many years ago, President Barack Obama proposed making cuts to our federal budget “with a scalpel, not an ax.”

Then, as now, most Americans recognized that Washington has a spending problem and that spending must quickly be brought under control. Americans also understood, as they still do, that not all government departments and programs are created equal. Rather, public leadership requires setting spending priorities among competing interests.

Since I entered the U.S. House in 2011, my colleagues and I have passed an annual budget. It sets priorities. It proposes solutions. Most importantly, it balances. Meanwhile, our president has yet to produce a single budget that actually balances — ever. And, for four years running, our Senate hasn’t even bothered to draft, much less pass, a budget.

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