Last Friday, the Republican-led House of Representatives voted to extend a Federal pay freeze through the end of the year. This good government piece of legislation sponsored by freshman Representative Ron DeSantis (R-FL) is an important part of the ongoing effort by conservatives in the House to rein in Washington’s out-of-control spending.
With our national debt rapidly approaching $17 Trillion and a President constantly seeking to spend more and raise taxes on small businesses, we need more bills like this that take a stand and prevent further outrageous government spending. Congressman DeSantis should be commended by all Americans for saving them $11 Billion over the course of the next 10 years in new spending that we simply can’t afford.
In December of 2012, President Obama issued an executive order implementing an across-the-board pay raise for government employees (including Congress and even Vice President Joe Biden), ending the two-year pay freeze on March 27th of this year. The reality is we simply can’t afford to keep spending at its current levels and we need more Representatives to sponsor and pass legislation making necessary cuts so that government stops over-charging hardworking taxpayers.
One of Congressman DeSantis’ constituents said of the pay freeze, “We have to start somewhere, and we might as well start with the federal government. If you’re going to talk the talk, you should walk the walk.” Americans get it. If President Obama and Congress cannot make simple cost cutting measures like a temporary pay freeze than we will never get out of our crushing debt. That is why Congress needs more legislators like Congressman Ron DeSantis. He was just sworn in as a freshman Congressman and he understands that action needs to take place now. Citizens United Political Victory Fund, an affiliate of Citizens United, backed Congressman Ron DeSantis first in his primary and then in November because we saw that he would lead and not be a back bencher.
It’s time for the United States Senate to pass DeSantis’ important bill and start to follow the House of Representatives’ lead when it comes to reducing government spending. Unfortunately, all good government pieces of legislation seem to die in the Democrat controlled Senate. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid would rather watch America descend into a fiscal abyss rather than fix the situation. Reid and President Obama are beholden to Left wing special interests who do not want to compromise their Big Government ways while our national debt keeps climbing.
Enough is enough. When you look at the math you come to a simple conclusion: we cannot afford the path we are currently on. And with 7.9% unemployment and skyrocketing debt, government can’t keep passing the buck onto the American people. Future generations of Americans will look back at this time period in American history with disgust. It’s time for action. It’s time for real solutions. It’s time for more to follow Congressman Ron DeSantis’ lead and help put America back on the right track.