Congressman Robert Pittenger

Representing the 9th District of North Carolina
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Budget and Spending

America borrows one million dollars every thirty seconds to satisfy Washington’s out-of-control spending habit.

What benefits do we receive from borrowing so recklessly?  More regulations, a greater tax burden, an even bigger bureaucracy, a no-growth economy, and fewer jobs for American families.

As a Member of the Republican Study Committee’s Budget Task Force, I fought this year for a responsible budget which balances in 10 years, grows an opportunity economy, and helps create good paying jobs. 

The House FY2016 budget, passed earlier this year, focuses on less government, lower taxes, strong national defense, and keeping our promises to America’s seniors and veterans.

  • Balances the budget in ten years without raising taxes, in contrast to President Obama’s budget, which never, ever balances.
  • Cuts $5.5 trillion in wasteful government spending.
  • Calls for a fairer, simpler tax code to promote job growth and an opportunity economy.
  • Ends the Obamacare raid on Medicare, prevents President Obama’s plan to raid the Social Security trust fund, and makes common sense reforms to protect Medicare’s long-term viability.
  • Rejects President Obama’s unwise cuts to national defense.
  • Provides responsible funding for troop training, equipment, and military pay.
  • Because Washington doesn’t know best, our budget gives states greater flexibility to tailor Medicaid, nutrition assistance, and education programs to local needs.

Washington’s spending is so out-of-control that the annual Government Accountability Office report on reducing waste, duplication, and overlap in federal operations is routinely ignored.  This year, I joined with Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Senate Budget Committee Chair Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) to introduce bipartisan legislation to put the GAO’s recommendations into action.

The USA Act (H.R. 3300) will save hardworking American taxpayers at least $57 billion over ten years through common sense reforms to how bureaucrats spend your money:

  • Bulk purchasing, to save taxpayer money by leveraging the federal government’s massive buying power.
  • Real estate management reform, including the sale of unneeded government property.
  • Reducing Medicare and Medicaid fraud through better fraud detection systems.
  • Several Information Technology reforms, including consolidation of data centers.

Americans want good paying jobs, an opportunity economy that benefits everyone, and a federal government that lives by the same rules as ordinary American families.  As your Congressman, that’s what I’m fighting for in Washington.

More on Budget and Spending

Nov 14, 2017 Press Release
The U.S. House of Representatives approved the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA, H.R. 2810), which provides for our troops, funds our military, and includes a vital amendment introduced by Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09).
Nov 13, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) sent a bipartisan letter to the House Committee on Appropriations and House Leadership urging continued funding for Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts.
Oct 23, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide North Carolina with an additional $5.1 million to assist with Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts.
Oct 12, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) voted against the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act
Sep 14, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) voted to pass the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act (H.R. 3354), which funds government agencies for FY 2018.
Sep 7, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) requested a colloquy to publicly discuss North Carolina’s ongoing Hurricane Matthew recovery needs with Chairman John Carter (TX-31) of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee.
Sep 6, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) joined a bipartisan majority to pass Hurricane Harvey disaster relief legislation.
Jul 28, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) voted to fund President Trump’s $1.6 billion request for a border wall, provide the largest military pay raise in 8 years, and increase Defense spending by 13% to rebuild America’s military.
Jul 27, 2017 Press Release
Following a May 25th conference call with Secretary Ben Carson, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) has helped secure $32 million for Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts in North Carolina.
Jul 24, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) today announced over $1 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency funding to assist with repairs to public buildings in Robeson County damaged by Hurricane Matthew.