Tennessee House of Representatives Capitol Hill Review
Posted: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 8:01 pm
By: Rep. Andy Holt, Special to The Press
As the free-spending ways of Washington sink our nation further into debt, one Republican representative guided a resolution to passage that calls on Congress to follow Tennessee’s model.
The resolution passed the House of Representatives 97 to 1, garnering bipartisan support. The measure simply encourages the U.S. Congress to return to the founding principles of limited government and fiscal responsibility to rein in spending. Additionally, the resolution advises Congress to follow the example set by Tennessee of balanced budgets and responsible spending cuts to provide a stable environment for the state.
“This legislation is a direct reflection of the will of Tennesseans. Our citizens are tired of seeing their hard-earned tax dollars being wasted in Washington on bailouts, giveaways, and out-of-control entitlement programs,” said the conservative member. “We are simply sending a message to Washington to get its fiscal house in order. If they need a model of how to do that, all they need to do is look to Tennessee. We have navigated these rough economic times by maintaining a balanced budget, keep taxes low, and reining in burdensome government regulations.
“Certainly, I am proud of the efforts of the Republican leadership in Congress that have enacted reductions. We support them and want them to continue fighting for more so our country can flourish.”
The chairman of the House Republican Caucus applauded the House and remarked, “This is a thoughtful resolution that asks Washington to clean up the mess it created. Tennesseans are encouraged by the Republican efforts to fight the out-of-control spending in Congress and we want to show Tennessee is behind them 100 percent. We believe our State provides a great model of how to manage government and let the private sector lead the way in job creation. Simply put, we are saying voters deserve more of Tennessee, not DC.”
Rep. Andy Holt R-Dresden represents the 76th district in the Tennessee General Assembly House of Representatives. The 76th district is comprised of Weakley County and a portion of Carroll County.