It appears members of Congress have gotten their ducks in a row. Instapundit noted earlier that several lawmakers have released statements calling on fiscal discipline.
And before I could say “coordinated effort,” this prepared statement popped into my inbox:
Washington, DC – Congressman Tom Price (GA-6) issued the following statement today regarding the need for fiscal discipline:
“Recent tragic events that have occurred in the Gulf region have given us a great opportunity to refocus our efforts to end wasteful government spending I am committed to identifying and cutting wasteful Washington spending.”
“Washington is not accustomed to fiscal discipline. Finding savings and prioritizing programs is necessary if we are going to gain control of our national debt. While all Americans have shown compassion for the victims of recent natural disasters, we must exercise this compassion in a fiscally responsible manner. We must not stick our children and grandchildren with the tab.”
“Throughout this Congressional session and before the hurricanes devastated the Gulf region, I supported and voted for a series of amendments to the House appropriations bills that would save one percent of all discretionary spending – sadly these amendments routinely fail. Furthermore, I support and have co-sponsored three bills that would make permanent a 1, 2, or 5 percent across-the-board savings in non-defense, non-homeland-security discretionary spending for fiscal year 2006.”
“Washington demonstrates time and again that it is incapable of financial responsibility. The need for a Balanced Budget Amendment has never been more clear. I am an original co-sponsor of this legislation and will continue to work for its serious consideration and passage. I do not believe spending restraint will occur without this important tool. It’s time has finally come.”
“Tough times call for tough choices – today is a time we must all look long and hard at our spending priorities. Americans are a compassionate people and we are all committed to helping victims of crises in the Gulf region and elsewhere. We should also be committed to finding savings for hardworking American taxpayers so that we may responsibly pay for these efforts. The time to act is now. We must not leave record deficits for future generations because we did not seize this opportunity to enact fiscal discipline when it was needed most.”
A notable lack of any hard numbers, but at least he’s saying the right things. A few weeks ago, few representatives in Washington were talking about fiscal discipline. Now, lawmakers are stumbling over themselves to brandish their carving knives. The variable in that equation is the blogging community; I think we should all be pleased.
By the way, I’m impressed with Price’s call for a balanced-budget amendment. Haven’t heard any other lawmakers bring this anachronism back to the debate. I, of course, am all for it. And don’t give me that “need to spend out of a recession” argument either. Plenty of states do just fine with a balanced budget. The United States could do just as well.