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Last month, U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) and his Republican colleagues released A Pledge to America and put forward a plan to stop the wasteful spending that Washington has grown accustomed to.

“For too many years Washington has been operating on a blank check - courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer,” said Rogers. “From trillion dollar spending sprees that fund duplicative government programs, to bailing out big business and helping Wall Street, bureaucrats on Capitol Hill have ignored Main Street for far too long. Enough is enough. America’s debt is now on track to exceed the size of our economy in less than two years. As if that weren’t bad enough, the government will spend more than $1 billion a day just to pay the interest on our debt. We can’t place the burden of our astronomical debt on our future generations. Washington is out of time and out of excuses- we must cut spending today.”

In A Pledge to America, Republicans address out-of-control spending and propose a plan to rein in the purse strings immediately and pay down the debt. First, they propose cancelling unspent stimulus funds immediately. Next, they would roll back government spending to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels which would save at least $100 billion in the first year alone. Also, they would implement spending caps so that the government cannot continue to exponentially grow and spend money. They also would cut Congress’ budget and hold weekly votes on spending cuts. Under this plan, the bailouts would end as they call to end TARP once and for all. Republicans also propose to end government control of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, impose a net federal hiring freeze of non-security employees, root out government waste and duplicative programs, and reform the budget process to focus on long-term challenges.

Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information visit