Fiscal Responsibility

Like every family in America, the federal government must learn to live within its means. It is simply irresponsible to continue to rack up trillions of dollars in debt and then stick our children with the bill. I am proud that when I served on the Dublin City Council we balanced our budget each year. We can and we must reduce the federal budget deficit over time.

Deficit reduction needs to be balanced and smart, however, and include appropriate revenue increases. We must make sure the very wealthiest among us are contributing their fair share.

The federal government also must carefully review its spending to eliminate old, wasteful programs, update current ones for the 21st century, and make strategic investments to promote economic growth in the future. Spending reductions should be targeted and smart, not across-the-board cuts which reduce all programs equally regardless of merit. We can cut foolish spending without cutting foolishly.

I am a cosponsor of the Stop Attacks on Local Taxpayers or SALT Act which would repeal the $10,000 limit on the federal deduction of state and local taxes as well as restore the top income tax bracket of 39.6 percent.

For example, I voted against the Trump tax “reform plan,” which gave working Americans crumbs while delivering tremendous cuts to corporations and the rich and exploding the national debt by $1.5 trillion over 10 years. It passed with unanimous opposition by Democrats in the House and Senate; it was signed into law by President Trump.

Beyond its fiscal impact, the bill is unfair and will be detrimental to working families: 86 million middle-class households face a tax increase under the bill in the future and 13 million Americans will lose health insurance. By 2027, the top one percent would get 80 percent of the tax cuts.

More on Fiscal Responsibility

January 11, 2019 In The News
A few days ago, my 19-month-old son, Nelson, threw a tantrum because his baby sister was holding a toy he wanted.
 
Any parent knows that if you give in to a toddler every time he pitches a fit, he’ll keep pitching fits to get whatever he wants. Sadly, House and Senate Republicans don’t understand that about our president.
 
March 17, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Responding to a bipartisan request from House Sharing Economy Caucus co-chairs Eric Swalwell (D-CA) and Darrell Issa (R-CA), the General Services Administration (GSA) has agreed to advise federal agencies that employees’ use of transportation network companies (TNCs) – often called ridesharing companies – is a permitted, reimbursable expense.

In a letter to the lawmakers, the GSA indicated it will issue a Federal Travel Regulation bulletin reminding agencies that they can let employees use ridesharing companies while on official business.

February 12, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – House Sharing Economy Caucus co-chairs Eric Swalwell (D-CA) and Darrell Issa (R-CA) sent a letter urging the General Services Administration (GSA) to issue guidance to federal agencies that employees’ use of transportation network companies (TNCs) is a permitted, reimbursable expense, and should be encouraged.