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Standing for Fiscal Sanity

July 10, 2015
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As a pastor, I have seen sickness, disease and stood by the bedside when the last breath is taken. My wife is a nurse practitioner. My brother is blind with a disease where more research is needed. I have great compassion for future research and is why I signed onto a letter requesting proper funding of NIH.

That said, creating an additional federal program that adds mandatory spending to our national deficit is more than I could justify, and I joined 70 of my colleagues, including House Budget Committee Chairman Dr. Tom Price, in voting against the 21st Century Cures Act. Medical innovation requires time and, therefore, consistent long-term funding. Our nation is in historic debt. So, we need to ensure that we have money for funding both now and in the future—paying for research with a maxed out credit card does not provide security.

This is what 21st Century Cures did, and voting for its funding scheme paid for by gimmicks and increases to our national debt would have destroyed the certainty that medical innovation requires. I would be happy to support this legislation had we replaced another area of discretionary spending... It is always easy to criticize because the easy path is to do what many in Washington always do - spend billions of dollars without any thought for the future. When do we say eventually say no? We are placing ourselves in a national security situation if we don't get our debt under control. Nearly two-thirds of our budget is mandatory spending for entitlement programs of more than 2 trillion dollars. We need to restore fiscal sanity in Washington and balance our budgets – we owe it to our children and future generations.