U.S. Congressman Rick Allen (R-Ga.-12) today announced his efforts to tackle several of his priorities for Georgians in the 12th district during his first month in office. Allen is cosponsoring legislation recently introduced to rein in federal spending, fully repeal ObamaCare and establish term limits for politicians in Congress.
Balanced Budget Amendment:
To curb wasteful government spending and address the national debt, Congressman Allen is cosponsoring H.J. Res. 2, a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution introduced by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA-6).
“As we work to get our country’s fiscal house in order, efforts to balance the federal budget should be the first place we start,” said Allen. “CBO’s projection this week that our national debt could surpass $27 trillion over the next decade was yet another reminder that we must take action to address Washington’s out-of-control spending and start budgeting responsibly. The federal government simply cannot continue to spend more than it takes in. Families across the country sit down and balance their budgets; it’s time for Washington to do the same and work seriously to reduce our currently dangerous level of national debt.”
The measure would require the President to propose a balanced federal budget to Congress every year. It also provides that total spending by the government for any fiscal year cannot exceed total receipts unless approved by 3/5 of each chamber of Congress. Any increase in the debt limit must also be approved by a 3/5 vote.
ObamaCare Repeal Act:
As part of his continued efforts to repeal and replace ObamaCare, Congressman Allen is cosponsoring H.R. 132, the ObamaCare Repeal Act, introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-IA-4).
“I promised my constituents I would fight to repeal ObamaCare, and I’m proud to cosponsor legislation to provide Americans relief from this unaffordable and unworkable law,” said Allen. “Higher health care costs and fewer care options resulting from ObamaCare continue to hurt hardworking families. Business owners have been forced to cut back on hiring and lower the hours and wages of employees because of the law’s costly mandates. ObamaCare is a law that is broken beyond repair, and I look forward to continuing the fight with my colleagues to repeal and replace it with what the American people deserve – real reforms that lower health care costs and expand access.”
Constitutional Amendment For Congressional Term Limits:
Honoring his pledge to institute term limits for politicians, Allen is cosponsoring a constitutional amendment, H.J.Res. 11 introduced by Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY-6), that would limit members of the House to six consecutive two-year terms and members of the Senate to two consecutive six-year terms.
“I stand with the majority of Georgians in the 12th district who strongly support congressional term limits to hold politicians accountable,” said Allen. “The American people want to see change from the status quo in Washington, and term limits are a needed step to encourage elected leaders to prioritize the needs of their constituents over politics.”