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

Dec 2, 2016 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) joined a bipartisan majority to approve the largest military pay raise in six years, strengthen military health care for both active duty and retirees, and provide relief for brave veterans asked to repay enlistment bonuses.
Dec 1, 2016 Press Release
The U.S. House of Representatives passed comprehensive, bipartisan, fiscally-responsible legislation to increase funding for medical research and streamline the process of bringing new treatments to patients.
Sep 7, 2016 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) had this statement after Senate Democrats voted for a third time to block a crucial $1.1 billion Zika funding package yesterday afternoon:
Aug 10, 2016 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), Chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare and Vice Chairman of the Financial Services Committee Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing, had this statement on Iran’s defense budget increasing by the exact same amount as President Obama’s ransom payment:
Jul 8, 2016 Press Release
The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved an amendment introduced by Congressman Robert Pittenger, Vice Chairman of the Financial Services Committee Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing, to increase funding for the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) by $3 million dollars. The amendment was attached to the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act (H.R. 5485) which also passed.
Jun 10, 2016 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger voted to freeze his salary and continue the 100 percent pay freeze for Members of Congress which has been in place since 2010.
Jun 1, 2016 Press Release
In response to media reports that Human Rights Campaign is pressuring the Federal Aviation Administration to withhold money from North Carolina over HB2, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) announced he will introduce an amendment to block that threat.
May 26, 2016 Press Release
Congressman Robert Pittenger took action to block President Obama’s bullying of North Carolina.
May 25, 2016 Press Release
The House Appropriations Committee adopted language proposed by Congressman Robert Pittenger requiring the Secretary of Commerce to study National Weather Service radar coverage gaps and quickly develop a plan to fix deficiencies.
May 19, 2016 Press Release
In fulfillment of his Constitutional obligation to “provide for the common defense,” Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) joined a bipartisan majority to pass the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (H.R. 4909).