Guest blog post by Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY)
I hail from Kentucky’s fifth congressional district. The district I represent happens to be one of the poorest in the nation. People in my region of the country have been hurting for a long time and are desperately looking for viable solutions. My priorities have always been job creation, economic development and preserving the natural beauty of southern and eastern Kentucky.
In my 29 years of service to Kentucky, I have seen a lot of legislation pass through these halls, but President Obama’s and the Democrat’s budget is flabbergasting. Their budget spends too much, it taxes too much and borrows too much. I can’t bear to pass on to our children and grandchildren this enormous debt.
Apparently, the fashionable thing to do in Washington these days is to go on trillion dollar spending sprees with taxpayers’ money. I know my constituents and they are hard working people who live within their means. It is outrageous that members of Congress think it is okay to blindly throw my constituents money at a problem that they didn’t create.
The Republicans should be applauded for offering an alternative budget that curbs spending, controls debt, keeps taxes low and creates 2.1 million more jobs than the Democrat plan. I am proud to have supported this alternative budget because it provides the types of solutions the people of southern and eastern Kentucky are looking for.
I am trying to bring new opportunities, hope and a better life to the people of Kentucky and the nation; unfortunately, the Democrat budget does just the opposite. Rest assured that I will continue to fight against these outrageous, irresponsible bills that leaves our country drowning in debt, raises their taxes and kills already scarce jobs.