The hardworking families of mid and northern Michigan understand how to balance their checkbook and it’s about time the federal government does the same. Excessive spending in Washington has been unchecked for too long, and as a result, our nation faces over $20 trillion in debt. Plain and simple, our obligations are growing faster than our ability to pay them.

We must find a way to get the federal government’s spending under control and restore confidence in our economy. As a member of the House Committee on Appropriations, I support legislation that promotes fiscal responsibility, accountability and puts our nation on a brighter path for our children and grandchildren. Ultimately, I believe the strength of our economy is the thousands of people and businesses like those in Michigan’s Fourth District, not with government spending.

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September 30, 2015 In The News

n addition to Levin, the Michigan signatories were Republican Reps. Candice Miller of Harrison Township, Dan Benishek of Crystal Falls and John Moolenaar of Midland as well as Democratic Reps. Brenda Lawrence of Southfield, Debbie Dingell of Dearborn, Dan Kildee of Flint Township and John Conyers Jr. of Detroit.

April 30, 2015 Press Release
This is the first ten-year balanced budget passed since 2001. It balances without raising taxes on hardworking Michigan families and it keeps the promises that have been made to seniors in the Fourth District. This budget also calls for tax reform. The tax code is 74,000 pages long and has not been overhauled in 29 years. It’s time for a simpler and fairer system.
April 15, 2015 Press Release
“Members of the House and Senate have worked hard to draft a budget that balances within ten years, keeps the promises made to seniors and does not raise taxes on hardworking Americans. I am thankful for the trust placed in me, and I look forward to continuing to work on a fiscally responsible budget that will boost the slowly growing economy, create jobs and raise wages,” Moolenaar said.
March 25, 2015 Press Release
"This budget for a stronger America keeps the promises that have been made to the over 130,000 Medicare-eligible individuals and 169,000 Social Security recipients in Michigan’s Fourth Congressional District. This budget balances within ten years and does not raise taxes on hardworking Michigan taxpayers."
March 20, 2015 Editorial
Ten years is a long time to balance a budget, but it takes a long time to change the trajectory of our debt. From our nation’s founding it took more than 200 years for the government to accumulate $5 trillion in debt. In 2008, the debt was $10 trillion, and today it has skyrocketed to $18 trillion. Divided among 320 million Americans, a child born today inherits $56,250 in debt, or $225,000 for a family of four.
March 17, 2015 Press Release
“This is a balanced budget for a stronger America. Recently, the president proposed a $4 trillion budget that never balances. The House Republican budget balances within ten years and keeps the promises that have been made to our seniors. It observes bipartisan spending caps and charts a sustainable fiscal course for the future of our country. By reducing Washington’s spending, the budget will boost our slow-growing economy, creating jobs and raising wages.”
March 12, 2015 Press Release
President Obama’s budget adds trillions more in crushing new debt during the next 10 years. It raises taxes by over $1 trillion and never balances. On Tuesday, House Republicans will present a budget that prioritizes government spending and balances within 10 years without raising taxes on the hardworking American people.
January 28, 2015 Press Release
"Our country has serious long-term fiscal issues that need to be addressed in this Congress. Our nation faces $18 trillion in debt. We must work with bipartisan cooperation from the White House to ensure that Michigan's hardworking taxpayers have more and better-paying jobs in the future. The report from the CBO is another reminder that we must reform government spending to create opportunity for families and job creators," said Moolenaar.
January 20, 2015 Press Release
"Tonight, President Obama proposed more tax hikes on the American people. This economic recovery has been historically slow, and Americans have no desire to pay more for a big-government agenda," said Moolenaar.