Grantham wants balanced budget amendment, blames Congress, President for credit downgrade

CONTACT: Evan Kozlow

Grantham wants a balanced budget amendment, blames Congress and the President for the credit downgrade

Gilbert, AZ – Travis Grantham, candidate for Arizona’s Sixth Congressional District released the following statement on the heels of the downgrade of the US Credit Rating by Standard & Poor’s reiterating his support for a balanced budget amendment and significant cuts in spending.

“The United States Congress and our President failed our country by passing a debt limit increase bill that did nothing for our reckless spending habits and skyrocketing debt. The American people deserve more from their representatives than a simple patchwork that only pushes the problem down the road while continuing to erode our economy.”

“As citizens, we must elect leaders that will change the way Washington does business. Cut, Cap, and Balance should be reintroduced by the Republican controlled house and our party leaders should stand together and force a vote in the Senate. It is our time to stand on principle and do what is right for the American people. Those who have fought and died for this country and those who are defending her abroad deserve to be represented by individuals that do not take our freedoms, liberty, and way of life for granted.”

“I call on all Americans to demand more accountability from their government. America’s future as the greatest and brightest beacon of economic freedom is hanging in the balance.”


Travis Grantham is a candidate for Arizona’s Sixth Congressional District. He serves as the Chief Operations Officer at International Air Response based at the Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport. He is also a Captain and Pilot in the Arizona Air National Guard’s 161st Air Refueling Wing based out of Sky Harbor International Airport. Travis lives in Gilbert with his wife Patricia and two daughters. 

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Rep. Schweikert Statement on the Budget Control Act

CONTACT: Rachel Semmel

Washington, D.C. – Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ), a member of the House Financial Services Committee, made the following statement after he voted in support of S.627, The Budget Control Act of 2011:

“I had previously been concerned that the original plan did not go far enough to address the unease of the markets and rating agencies in regards to the projection of our exploding debt.

“I am now pleased to support this legislation after Speaker Boehner took a bold step to ensure a Balanced Budget Amendment must pass the House and be sent to the states before President Obama receives any additional debt ceiling increase.

“When I came to Washington, I made a promise to the people of Arizona’s 5th District that something serious and genuine needed to be done to save our country from an avalanche of debt. This bill is another key step House Republicans have taken in that process.

“I encourage the Senate Majority and the President to not only start participating in solving our debt crisis, but to quickly pass this bill and save our economic future.

“Now is the time for scare tactics, half-measures, and phantom cuts to end.”


Balance the Budget: Now is the Time!

With Inclusion of Balanced Budget Amendment Requirement, Boehner Bill Cuts, Caps, and Balances

CONTACT: Genevieve Frye Rozansky

Conservatives Insist on Balanced Budget Amendment Requirement

Washington, D.C. – Republican Congressman Jeff Flake, who represents Arizona’s Sixth District, today announced that he will support the Budget Control Act of 2011 after House Leaders agreed to take steps to ensure that it includes a balanced budget amendment requirement.

“With conservatives insisting on the addition of a balanced budget amendment requirement, Speaker Boehner’s bill will now cut, cap, and balance,” said Flake.

“The ball will now be in the Senate’s court. If the Boehner bill is dead-on-arrival, as Senator Reid has said, I hope they’ll send us a plan of their own so that we can make improvements to it.”



Rep Schweikert: ‘The President still hasn’t put something on paper’

CONTACT: Rachel Semmel

“The President still hasn’t put something on paper, pretends to be a genuine partner”

Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Schweikert (R-AZ), a member of the House Financial Services Committee, went on FOX News’ Happening Now with Jon Scott to discuss the disingenuous talk coming from the White House and the need to pass a solution that will curve our debt. Below is the video and excerpts from the interview:


“Some of the phone calls we had in our office are people are asking us to vote for the President’s plan. The President still hasn’t put something on paper yet, and yet they pretend like they’re actually being a genuine partner in this negotiation.”

“His plan is ethereal, it’s air. How do you score a speech? Look, my great frustration is from the White House. We’re seeing Campaigner-in-Chief, not someone that’s trying to put together a plan that’s good for this country because we don’t have a plan that’s on paper from him. How do you deal with that? Once again over here in the House we’re doing the heavy lifting. We have never gotten something from the Senate. We did our Cut, Cap and Balance, we also did a budget bill. We still get nothing from the Senate, we get nothing from the White House, and we’re taking the responsibility for actually doing the drafting and doing the heavy lifting around here.”


“I need to even take that a bit further. A lot of us got elected both with Tea Party Conservatives, but even a number of moderate Democrats that understand we’re in real financial trouble. This is much more than raising the debt ceiling. Go back and read the Moody’s letter and the S&P letter. This is about the scale of our debt, and we do some crazy things in this country. Do you know we guarantee sovereign debt for Egypt? We have huge liabilities out there–monstrous. That’s the real battle. And I’m hoping that this, in some ways, is just the first salvo in saving us fiscally.”


“What he’s overstating is the consequences, the mechanics. And it would be a much more honest, genuine discussion not to walk in and say, we’re going to default. We’re not going to default. Default is not paying the interest on the coupons on the bonds we’ve sold. It would be a much more genuine and honest discussion if we talked about the one-third of Federal spending. One-third of this Federal Government that exists solely on borrowing. That actually, in many ways, a bigger, more honest and more difficult discussion.”

“One other thing, when the President goes up to a microphone and says, ‘the depreciation on jets, the taxing of all fossil fuels, or even the Bush/Obama tax extensions’… do you realize all those together, if they were eliminated, takes care of one-half an hour of borrowing a day? This is political theater that comes from the White House, not honest help.”


“First off, with the Speaker himself. Look, I grew up around politics. Speaker Boehner is singularly one of the most impressive people I’ve met in my life. On the Boehner plan, I’m one of those leaning ‘no’ on the plan. I’m waiting to see the new scoring because it is about the math. We need to do something that’s genuine and honest, but much more. The markets like S&P and Moody’s are going to downgrade us unless we put together a package; that’s big enough. And even then, I’m fearful of anything that can get through the Senate because the Left is just apoplectic. We are going to get a downgrade. Now, for future discussion we should actually have a discussion on what that will really mean in the markets.”


Rep Schweikert, Sen Toomey Introduce Full Faith & Credit and Protecting America’s Seniors & Soldiers Act

CONTACT: Rachel Semmel

Washington, D.C. – Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ), a member of the House Financial Services Committee, introduced the Ensuring the Full Faith and Credit of the United States and Protecting America’s Seniors and Soldiers Act. This bill will codify the Treasury’s authority to pay military, Social Security, and our bond coupons in the event the debt ceiling is not increased:

“While this Administration continues to use scare tactics and create panic, Congressional Republicans are once again putting forth a solution to ensure our payment obligations are met in the event the debt ceiling is not increased.

“This legislation will ensure that our payments are made to our debt services, seniors receiving Social Security, and active-duty military. These obligations should be our priority, and there is more than enough cash flow to cover each of these payments.

“I am extremely frustrated with the disingenuous use of language coming from this Administration. Over and over we have heard the word ‘default.’ The fact of the matter is we have the cash flow available to pay interest on debt if the limit is reached. Paying interest is not default.

“Unfortunately, this Administration has persisted in denying that it can or will prioritize these payments. I and my colleagues will not allow these scare tactics on our seniors or military to continue. We are stepping up and offering this language so the Administration can stop playing disingenuous games.”

NOTE: For pictures of the press conference, click here.



Rep. Quayle Praises Passage of the Cut, Cap and Balance Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, July 19, 2011
CONTACT: Richard Cullen

WASHINGTON (D.C.) Congressman Ben Quayle (R-AZ) released the following statement Tuesday after the House passed the Cut, Cap and Balance Act of 2012. Rep. Quayle was a cosponsor of the bill which passed 234 to 190.

“Last Friday, President Obama said ‘we don’t need a constitutional amendment to do our jobs.’ Given his record on spending, including the staggering $3.7 trillion added to the national debt since he took office, it should come as no surprise that he is unwilling to take serious measures to control government spending.

“President Obama has stated that he will veto the Cut, Cap and Balance Act which is the only plan that reins in our debt while also paying for our past debt obligations. Once again, the president is leading from behind on an issue of grave national importance. He has not offered a single plan during this process—only speeches and sound bites that distort reality and obfuscate the issues. Today, the Republican House has again taken the lead to get our fiscal house in order. The Cut, Cap and Balance Act provides the reform we need so future generations inherit a more prosperous America.”


Rep. Schweikert Praises Passage of Cut, Cap Balance as Real Genuine Solution to Debt Crisis

CONTACT: Rachel Semmel

Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Schweikert (R-AZ) issued the following statement on the passage of the Cut, Cap and Balance Act, H.R. 2560:

“We are $14.5 trillion in debt, borrow nearly 42 cents of every dollar, and have been spending rampantly for decades. Even Moody’s has made it clear that the U.S. will be downgraded, our credit rating damaged, and potential borrowing will be extremely difficult if we don’t get our debt under control.

“But today, the House of Representatives voted to change all of that and draw a line in the sand against the big spenders in Washington.

“It has been clear for quite awhile that our current borrow-and-spend economic path is unsustainable and devastating to jobs and the economy.

“While the President and the Senate Majority have refused to lead and propose a credible plan, House Republicans have done so yet again. This commonsense legislation, of which I am a proud cosponsor, will require Washington to balance its budget and ensure out-of-control spending and borrowing no longer remain the status quo.

“Cut, Cap, and Balance will cut spending by $111 billion in Fiscal Year 2012, impose fiscally responsible spending caps, and amend the Constitution to require Congress to pass a Balanced Budget Amendment before raising the nation’s debt limit.

“Though I am sorely disappointed with the Senate’s inaction and the President’s threat to veto this legislation, I am optimistic that they will soon acknowledge the severity of our debt crisis and stop playing politics with the economic stability of this country.

“This is a real, genuine path to prosperity, and I am proud to join my Republican colleagues in supporting Cut, Cap, and Balance.”

NOTE: To learn more about the Cut, Cap, and Balance Legislation, click HERE.




Congressman Flake Votes for Cut, Cap, and Balance Act

CONTACT: Genevieve Frye Rozansky

Legislation Will Put Federal Government on a Responsible Fiscal Path

Washington, D.C. – Republican Congressman Jeff Flake, who represents Arizona’s Sixth District, today voted in favor of H.R. 2560, the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act of 2011. Congressman Flake is a cosponsor of the bill.

The bill cuts FY2012 spending by $111 billion, caps annual spending at 19.9-percent of gross domestic product by 2021, and requires the passage of a balanced budget amendment before raising the nation’s debt limit.

“Our problem isn’t just the level of the debt ceiling; it’s the level of spending that got us to this point in the first place,” said Flake. “The Cut, Cap, and Balance Act will put us on a responsible fiscal path. We must get our fiscal house in order, and this is the plan to do it.”

“House Republicans have put forward our plan to restore fiscal responsibility. If the president is so keen to veto it, now would be the time to put his own ideas on the table.”


Congressman Trent Franks: Obama Administration Arrogance, Lack of leadership on Budget & Debt

In case you missed it, our own Congressman Trent Franks spoke on the floor of the House yesterday explaining the hubris of the Obama Administration regarding lack of leadership in solving the national debt crisis.

This is YOUR chance to contact Congress and demand that they Cut, Cap and Balance the Budget. Call TODAY at (202) 224-3121 and demand they support HR 2560.