SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Representative John Curtis wants his colleagues to think twice about the long-term ramifications of US spending.
Curtis (R-UT) introduced the Deal with the Debt Today Act in response to the $3 trillion coronavirus relief plan Congress voted on Friday.
Curtis’ legislation would require that all future emergency or disaster spending be offset over a 10-year period in hopes that it would force Congress to make decisions about the country’s financial priorities.
“Over the past few months, Congress has passed trillions of dollars in unpaid spending. While the CARES Act included important provisions to help our economy quickly, Congress cannot keep signing trillion dollar checks with borrowed money, ultimately pushing the burden onto our children and grandchildren,” said Curtis. “I urge my colleagues to join me in taking the first step towards a sustainable budget. In good conscience, we cannot continue kicking this down the road—we must deal with the debt today.
Co-sponsors of the bill include Chris Stewart (R-UT), Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and Dan Bishop (R-NC).
The legislation would also allow a two-year grace period for Congress to create a plan to offset spending over the succeeding eight years.
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