Members of Congress are urging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to put a tight lid on federal spending.
Among those leading the charge is Republican Chip Roy of the 21st congressional district, petitioning the California Democrat to “work on a bipartisan basis” in restraining the nation’s persistent debt problem.
“As you know, our nation recently surpassed $22 trillion in debt. With every hour that passes, we add $100 million to that figure. That is unconscionable. That must end,” according to the letter Roy and others will deliver to Pelosi later this week.
The congressmen note interest payments on the nation’s debt will soon exceed defense spending, and that Medicare “is slated to run out of funds by 2026” followed by Social Security in 2035. They add:
The good news is that current law is on our side to restrain spending. Congress should hold overall spending to the caps levels already in place while ensuring our men and women have the tools necessary to do their job. Congress should put us on a path towards balancing the budget.
Roy and the other congressmen signing the letter want a commitment from Pelosi that her Democrat majority will abide by the Budget Control Act of 2011, signed into law by former President Barack Obama.
UPDATED: Among those signing the letter are Texas’ Brian Babin, Michael Cloud, Louie Gohmert, Ron Wright, Van Taylor, Lance Gooden, and Randy Weber. The complete list is available on Chip Roy’s website.