Rep. Paul Broun, who is one of several candidates running for the GOP’s nomination for U.S. Senate, recently signed the Coalition to Reduce Spending‘s “Reject the Debt” pledge.
“The pledge represents exactly what I have been doing since I came to Congress in 2007 — working to reduce spending, eliminate debt, and balance the budget,” said Broun. “Therefore, I am most pleased to add my signature to that of Senator Ted Cruz from Texas.”
By signing the “Reject the Debt” pledge, a candidate is promising voters that they will vote for budgets that present a path to balance. They also express a commitment to vote against any appropriations bill that increases spending without offsetting cuts.
“Many special interests stand in opposition to reducing federal spending. That’s why it’s so common for election-time promises to be as temporary as the races that produce them,” said Jonathan Bydlak, President of the Coalition to Reduce Spending. “For an elected official to put his commitment to his constituents on paper requires resolve that goes above and beyond the average representative.”
“We’re thrilled Rep. Broun has done just that and and citizens in Georgia should be thrilled as well,” he added.
During a recent interview with United Liberty (my blog), Bydlak explained that too many in the conservative movement focus on taxes, noting that spending is ultimately the problem in Washington.
“[Politicians] run and say ‘I’m a fiscal conservative’ or ‘I’m a limited government guy’…well, what does that mean? And so the philosophy behind our pledge is to basically say that we’re going to define what it means when you say you’re a fiscal conservative,” he explained. “And so we define is as a couple of different points. The first is that they’re consider all spending on the table open to reduction, and that’s for the reasons we talked about before. The second is that they’ll only support budgets that have a path to balance.”
Doug Collins and Martha Zoller, both candidates in GA-09, signed the pledge in 2012. Collins went onto win the Republican primary for the seat and the subsequent general election.