Duncan Votes for Cut, Cap, & Balance

July 19, 2011
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – On Tuesday freshman Congressman Jeff Duncan voted for the conservative spending reform bill backed by Senator Jim DeMint, Governor Nikki Haley, and conservative Tea Party activists known as Cut, Cap, and Balance.  The Cut, Cap, and Balance proposal that passed the House is a three-step plan to solve the debt crisis by permanently changing how Washington spends money.  The “cut” portion of the plan slashes spending by more than $6 trillion over the next ten years and “caps” expenditures by limiting them to a percentage of GDP.  The final portion of the plan blocks any debt limit increase until a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution is passed by both Houses of Congress and sent to the states for ratification. The Balanced Budget Amendment would force Washington to live within its means by preventing the government from spending more than it brings in, and making it more difficult for Congress to raise taxes.

Duncan, an original signer of the Cut, Cap, and Balance Pledge was ecstatic that the measure came to the House floor for a vote.  “Cut, Cap, and Balance is exactly the type of revolutionary spending reform that prevents our children and grandchildren from inheriting mountains of debt,” said Duncan.  “The new conservative freshmen are changing the spending debate in Washington.  Just last week a proposal like this would have never seen the light of day, and now it’s the most credible plan for getting our nation’s spending under control.”

In order for the Cut, Cap, and Balance plan to be fully implemented, a Balanced Budget Amendment must first get through Congress on a vote tentatively scheduled for next week.  The last time a Balanced Budget Amendment was voted on was 1995 when the measure failed to pass the Senate by just one vote.  However, Duncan is quick to point out that our nation was $5 trillion in debt in 1995 as opposed to $14.3 trillion today.

“Our government needs to live within its means like families do every day.  Washington politicians have talked about cutting spending before, but have never been able to follow through on their promises,” said Duncan.  “Even though I’ve only been in Congress for seven months, I can already tell you that Washington will never voluntarily make significant cuts to spending.  That’s why I’m such a strong supporter of passing a Balanced Budget Amendment that forces Washington to live within its means.”