Bankrupting the American Dream

| November 1, 2015

Carter Buddy

Buddy Carter, U.S. House of Representatives, Georgia First District

BANKRUPTING THE AMERICAN DREAM

This week, I opposed a budget deal negotiated by congressional leaders because it failed to adequately address the national debt. The measure lifts spending caps first enacted in 2011 by $80 billion, offsets the increased spending with cuts elsewhere and suspends the statutory debt limit through March 2017.

Specifically, the legislation would:

  • lift spending caps enacted in 2011 by $80 billion over the next two years equally divided between defense and non-defense spending;
  • offset those spending increases with spending cuts and reforms elsewhere;
  • increase spending in the Overseas Contingency Operations fund by at least $16 billion without offsets;
  • transfer funding to the Social Security Disability Trust fund to maintain the solvency of the program;
  • enact structural entitlement reforms to strengthen Social Security such as closing loopholes that allow individuals to obtain larger payments than those intended and require medical review before awarding disability benefits;
  • equalize payments for Medicare services obtained in outpatient settings in hospitals with those obtained in a doctor’s office;
  • provide a two-year budget window to provide certainty to defense programs;
  • eliminate Obamacare’s auto-enrollment mandate; and
  • suspend the statutory debt limit through March 2017.

While there are good and much needed reforms in this deal that I fully support, it falls woefully short when it comes to the kind of structural reforms necessary to prevent Washington’s spending addiction from bankrupting the American Dream. The national debt is the greatest threat to our national security and I cannot support legislation that threatens to leave our children and grandchildren with a life indebted to China.

REAUTHORIZING FLETC

I introduced H.R. 3842 this week to reauthorize the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Brunswick.

FLETC is the preeminent facility for law enforcement training in the United States. The center provides security training for the Department of Homeland Security and 91 federal partner organizations, as well as state and local law enforcement agencies. FLETC is very important for our local economy as it is responsible for an economic impact in the surrounding five counties of more than $313 million. Statewide, that number jumps to more than $975 million.

Since its creation in the 1970’s, FLETC has provided high-quality, cost-effective, standardized training for federal law enforcement training officers from multiple agencies. While they have done their part in providing topnotch training, Congress has failed to provide FLETC with a reauthorization and an opportunity to codify important authorities within the Office of the Director into law to ensure they can continue to provide the highest quality and most cost effective training possible.

I am proud to introduce this legislation to reauthorize FLETC to ensure they are able to continue their critical and impressive work.

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