These days we are all frustrated with the economy and, quite frankly, by the government’s response to the crisis. The recession and slow economic recovery have left many American families facing unemployment, lost economic investment, possibly foreclosure, and other difficult financial decisions. During the 110th and 111th Congresses, the Democrat-controlled Congress and the Administration, on the other hand, responded by trying to spend their way out of the recession and greatly expanding the reach of government into the lives of ordinary Americans through sweeping and unpopular reforms to our financial regulatory structure, energy policy, and healthcare system.
The American people have made it clear that growing government and saddling our children and grandchildren with debt are unacceptable. Republicans have taken important steps toward our goals of an improved economy, fiscal responsibility, and accountable government, but we still have a long ways to go. As we work to put our economy on the track to recovery, I will continue to support efforts to empower Americans, not the government, by reducing tax burdens on American families and creating good jobs through domestic energy production that will lead to energy independence. I will also continue working to keep families in their homes and lower costs for homeowners, as well as reward homeowners who are paying their mortgages, even in these difficult times. I commit to keep working to help families rebuild their lost savings and to improve access to quality healthcare for all Americans.