Congressman Tom Graves Reminds Us Of Some Victories We’ve Had

I attended a townhall, sponsored by the Walker County Republican Party, in LaFayette on Monday evening.  It was a well-attended event organized by Walker GOP Chairman Matt Williamson.  The topics covered federal, state, and local concerns.  I had to leave early, but I was able to catch the update from our own Congressman Tom Graves (R-GA-14).

One of the topics that the Congressman discussed were the victories that conservatives have actually made since taking the House in 2010.  Here are a few that he discussed:

  • The UN Arms Trade Treaty cannot be funded or implemented.
  • Obamacare’s Risk Corridor program is prohibited from receiving a taxpayer bailout.
  • There is no funding for the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
  • Race To The Top, a main driver of Common Core, was eliminated.
  • ACORN and its subsidiaries are prohibited from receiving federal funds.
  • The Export-Import Bank expired on June 30, 2015 and has not been renewed.
  • The House and Senate both passed legislation approving the Keystone XL pipeline (ultimately vetoed by President Barack Obama)
  • Actually passing a budget since President Obama took office in 2009.

With the exception of the Keystone pipeline, the list above is a sampling of the legislation signed into law by President Obama.  In addition to that, discretionary spending is lower today ($1.013 trillion) than what was proposed ($1.019 trillion) in the “Path To Prosperity” budget proposed by Congressman Paul Ryan and received overwhelming support from conservatives back in 2012.

We are on the right track and heading towards a good direction towards reducing federal spending.  I know there are some who want to use the fun words of “slash”, “gut”, “cripple”, “destroy”, “decimate”, etc. to describe how they would budget federal spending.  It’s not ideal, but in spite of the noise the “silent base of the Republican Party” is making about how awful everything our Party does, at least we can hang our hat on a few victories.  It doesn’t mean we should stop and say our mission is complete.  It’s not, but I believe it’s good to be encouraged by being reminded of what has been done.

5 comments

  1. xdog says:

    ACORN who?

    Did Grifter Graves say anything interesting about the coming battles over the budget and the debt ceiling?

  2. Dave Bearse says:

    It’s a record of tough choices, bold new initiatives, and sticking it to Dems that GOP voters can really rally around. No wonder Trump is floundering.

  3. IndyPendant says:

    Cannot, prohibited, no funding, eliminated, expired, has not, and ultimately vetoed.

    That’s quite a record of accomplishments!

  4. romeman says:

    I attended all of Rep. Tom Graves town hall meetings. At each meeting he bragged about what he and the John Boehner lead House of Representatives have done recently. Here goes.
    $200 million cut in direct spending
    $345 million cut to the IRS budget
    $41 million cut for VA performance bonuses
    $60 million cut to the EPA budget
    Total of $646 million
    That’s great isn’t it? That equals to 1.5 hours of federal spending.

    Tom Graves bragged how he and the John Boehner lead House now have lower spending levels since the Nancy Pelosi lead House. John Boehner and the Republicans took control of the House in 2010.
    Spending by years:
    2009 – $3.518 trillion in actual spending
    2010 – $3.456 trillion in actual spending
    2011 – $3.603 trillion in actual spending
    2012 – $3.537 trillion in actual spending
    2013 – $3.455 trillion in actual spending
    2014 – $3.506 trillion in actual spending
    2015 – $3.759 trillion in allocated spending
    2016 – $3.999 trillion in planned spending

    The plan is to balance the federal budget in 10 years Rep. Tom Graves said.

    Rep. Tom Graves said he voted for Speaker John Boehner because no one else offered a plan to lead the House.

    While Rep. Tom Graves facts he presented are truthful, you can also see that they are very misleading. Little has changed since Rep. Tom Graves was elected and Speaker John Boehner has controlled the House of Representatives.

    Go to this link for confirmation. A link for each year is at bottom of the web page.

    http://useconomy.about.com/od/fiscalpolicy/tp/US_Federal_Budget.htm

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