Tag: national debt

House passes budget compromise; Goodlatte, Hurt vote no

The House voted 285-144 late Wednesday to pass the Senate budget compromise. President Barack Obama signaled that he would sign the legislation, which also includes an increase in the federal debt ceiling.


Bob Goodlatte: Starting a dialogue on entitlement reform, debt

The discussion in Congress has once again turned to the debt limit. Unfortunately, because of continued out-of-control spending, we are facing a situation where Congress is being asked to increase the amount of debt the federal government can incur in order to avoid default.


Chris Graham: Negotiate, or else

We’ve got your daughter. We don’t want anything bad to happen. But you want to negotiate, we’re ready to negotiate. Isn’t that what it feels like Republicans are doing in this increasingly insane government shutdown fiasco?


Goodlatte introduces balanced-budget amendments

Sixth District Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte is continuing on his quest to get Congress to do its part to amend the Constitution to require a balanced federal budget.


Bob Goodlatte: Ensuring a better America for future generations

If you’ve been watching the news lately, you’ve likely heard about the impending “fiscal cliff.” The so-called fiscal cliff is Washington-speak for significant tax increases and automatic spending cuts set to go into effect in 2013 if no other action is taken. As negotiations between Congress and the White House continue, it is clear that we cannot address the fiscal crisis and looming tax hikes without addressing the root of the problem – spending and debt.


Robert Hurt: Federal government overreach

During one of our district tours last year, a concerned constituent told me that federal government regulations are “taking the breath” away from small businesses and family farms in the Fifth District. And as I make visits with Central and Southside Virginians across our district, I am constantly reminded of those words as I see […]


Warner: We all need ‘skin in the game’ to solve debt, budget issues

Mark Warner might be in D.C., but he’s definitely not of D.C. “No matter how many challenges you’ve got in the Valley or on City Council or others, they are not as wacky as the people that I work with up in D.C.,” Sen. Warner, D-Va., said during a visit to Waynesboro on March 2. […]


Riane Eisler and Kimberly Otis: The debt, women and our future

What do women really want from our President? This is a question President Obama should be asking if he wants to keep his job for another term — which hinges on the women’s vote. His campaign emphasizes the appointments of very talented women: Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, Elizabeth Warren to […]


Vanke fights Capitol Hill convention

A question for Jeff Vanke. You’re an independent candidate for Congress. Let’s say you’re elected. Who do you caucus with? The answer will surprise you. “I wouldn’t caucus with either party. I would have a vote on the House floor,” said Vanke, a self-described “independent centrist” from Roanoke who is challenging Republican incumbent Bob Goodlatte […]


Vanke: ‘Both parties’ part of the problem in Washington

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net   Republicans are talking tough on federal spending and the national debt right now, but where we they just a few years ago when they had control of Congress and the White House? “Both parties, Republicans and Democrats, have left these issues unaddressed,” said Jeff Vanke, an independent on the […]


McKelvey campaign on the air in the Fifth

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net   The Jim McKelvey for Congress campaign is on the air with two TV commercials on stations across Virginia’s Fifth District that debuted today.


Worse than last year, but …

  Column by David Reynolds Columns, letters: freepress2@ntelos.net Back during the dark ages of the 1960s, the days after Thanksgiving did not mark the beginning of the holiday season. Rather it was the start of the “Budget Season.” At the old Bureau of the Budget in the old Executive Office Building (everything was old then), […]