State of Virginia secondary Archives: on Budget & Economy


Tom Garrett: Not afraid to vote against budgets that are too big

Our federal budget is a disaster, and everyone knows it. We've somehow managed to end up with a $19 trillion debt even though Republicans controlled the House of Representatives for the past 6 years (although we've only controlled the Senate since the election of 2014). Instead of passing budgets under "regular order", Congress has resorted to omnibus spending bills, which give the president too much power and promotes bigger and bigger deficits.

Tom is not afraid to vote no on bad budgets, even those supported by Republican leadership here in Richmond. Last year he was the only vote against a budget that was too big, and used tax payer money to help the state compete directly against small business owners in the Commonwealth. Tom didn't put up with it in Richmond, and he won't put up with it in D.C. Tom will continue to do the right thing and vote for fiscal responsibility and less spending in Congress.

Source: 2016 VA House campaign website TomGarrettForCongress.com Nov 8, 2016

Dave Brat: Reduce spending & support a balanced budget amendment

Our national debt has skyrocketed, reaching over $17 trillion dollars. What our leaders in Washington fail to mention is the $127 trillion dollars in unfunded liabilities. This lack of leadership on both sides of the aisle threatens our nation's stability and long term growth and forces an undue burden on our children and grandchildren. We must balance the federal budget by reducing spending. I will support a balanced budget amendment which will force Congress to reign in the out of control federal spending and to restore confidence in the American economy.
Source: 2014 VA -7 House campaign website, DaveBratForCongress.com Jun 15, 2014

Tom Perriello: No bailouts for Wall Street at Main Street's expense

I have fought to ensure that all hard-working Americans are guaranteed a living wage and secure retirement. I believe that parents should have time to spend with their families instead of having to work multiple jobs just to put food on the table. And I have been a vocal opponent of more bailouts for Wall Street at Main Street's expense. Here are some of the ways I have fought in Congress for economic fairness:
Source: 2008 VA House campaign website PerrielloForCongress.com Nov 1, 2008

Jim Gilmore: I delivered a balanced budget; no deficit when I ended term

Warner criticized Gilmore for delivering [as Governor] a state budget “full of gimmicks” and accused him of implementing fiscal policy that helped create a $6 billion state shortfall. Gilmore said there was no deficit when he ended his term and that he delivered a balanced budget. He also has noted throughout his campaign that Warner promised not to increase taxes when running for governor but later instituted the largest tax increase in state history.
Source: 2008 VA Senate Debate in The Washington Times Sep 19, 2008

Jim Gilmore: More banking oversight, even if it means bigger government

When the debate turned to the crisis on Wall Street, Gilmore and Warner both said they would support an increase in regulation, even if it meant bigger government. “We have to have more oversight,” Gilmore said.

Warner said the problems in banking and the mortgage business were caused by “too many people asleep at the switch in Washington. Everyone was looking at the next quarterly profits, and no one had a long-term plan,” he said.

Source: Washington Post on 2008 VA Senate debate Sep 19, 2008

Mark Warner: Gilmore’s budgets “full of gimmicks” created $6B deficit

Warner criticized Gilmore for delivering a state budget [when he succeeded Gilmore as Governor, which Warner] described as “full of gimmicks” and accused him of implementing fiscal policy that helped create a $6 billion state shortfall.

Gilmore said there was no deficit when he ended his term and that he delivered a balanced budget. He also noted that Warner promised not to increase taxes when running for governor but later instituted the largest tax increase in state history.

Source: 2008 VA Senate Debate in The Washington Times Sep 19, 2008

Mark Warner: Banking crisis caused by too many asleep at the switch in DC

When the debate turned to the crisis on Wall Street, Gilmore and Warner both said they would support an increase in regulation, even if it meant bigger government. “We have to have more oversight,” Gilmore said.

Warner said the problems in banking and the mortgage business were caused by “too many people asleep at the switch in Washington. Everyone was looking at the next quarterly profits, and no one had a long-term plan,” he said.

Source: Washington Post on 2008 VA Senate debate Sep 19, 2008

Jim Gilmore: Virginia is booming; unemployment at record lows

    Despite the pressures of a national economic slowdown, our economy remains strong. In fact, last year, was a landmark year for economic growth and development.
  1. In November, Virginia unemployment dropped to an incredible 2%-the third lowest rate in the nation.
  2. Virginia companies announced investments of $6 billion in our economy last year, which is an all-time record.
  3. We have already kept our promise to create 250 thousand new jobs before the end of this Administration.
Source: 2001 State of the State Address to VA General Assembly Jan 10, 2001

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