Thursday, February 6, 2014

Time to Change Course

by Sen. John Boozman: Once again, a good portion of the state is covered in ice and snow and the air is bitterly cold. It feels like it has been this way for a better part of the season, which is why we’re all ready to kick winter to the curb and see the temperatures warm up. Unfortunately, Punxsutawney Phil predicts this winter weather will linger on a few more weeks.

In the movie “Groundhog Day” Bill Murray’s character travels to Punxsutawney, PA only to find himself reliving February 2nd over and over. He quickly learns that he can get away with anything and throws caution to the wind only to find himself waking up in the same bed, to the same song. It’s not until he reflects on what’s important and reexamines his priorities that his life changes and he sees February 3rd.

While I was sitting in the House Chamber, watching the President deliver his State of the Union address, I couldn’t help but think of this movie. During the annual speech, President Obama pitched many of the same recycled ideas that have left our country in a stalled economic recovery. As President Obama has done throughout his presidency, he made his intentions clear that he wants to continue on this path with or without Congress. Like the cold weather, the President’s ideas have outstayed their welcome.

We also experience a similar sense of déjà vu having relived the same tired approach to funding federal programs and spending taxpayer dollars by regularly passing continuing resolutions to keep the government operating. While Arkansans and the American people demand that we rein in federal spending, Congress continued this short-term funding mechanism that fails to deal with the long-term spending problem our country faces.

One important tool to help curb runaway spending is getting back to regular order. This means approving the 12 appropriations bills that fund all the functions and services of the federal government. Fortunately, Congress has made this a priority and is getting back on the right track.

This is an important step to reducing government spending. Determining how we distribute taxpayer dollars is a basic responsibility of Congress that for too long has been put in the hands of the White House instead of the House and Senate where it belongs. Arkansans have seen President Obama’s spending priorities and understand that they are at odds with their interests and values. The recent budget deal and omnibus that Congress approved put us on a path toward doing things in an open, transparent and thoughtful way.

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1 comment:

Connie Adams said...

I loved his newsletter. Got in email. A few days back. I respect him a lot & told him I appreciated that we can trust him to look out after our views.