Economy and Jobs
Our national debt is one of the greatest threats to the economic security of the United States. Years of uncontrolled spending have left us with nearly $16 trillion in debt – much of that having accrued in just the last few years. I believe that we must reverse this trend. Reducing our spending and working towards a balanced budget has been one of my top priorities since coming to Congress.
In the past Congress, I have voted consistently for much-needed spending cuts. Additionally, I have cosponsored H.J. Res. 1 requiring the President to submit a balanced budget to Congress each year. Furthermore, I cosponsored and voted in favor of the Cut, Cap, and Balance, which requires a Balanced Budget Amendment to be sent to the states for ratification. While many of these efforts have been thwarted by the U.S. Senate, I will continue to work with my colleagues in the House of Representatives to reduce spending and enact a Balanced Budget Amendment. These are necessary steps that we must take to preserve the economic opportunities, personal freedoms, and individual liberties of our children and grandchildren.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) and Rep. Austin Scott (GA-08) introduced bipartisan legislation which will create Georgia’s first National Park.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) today released the following statement regarding the House passage of the Conference Report to the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), which authorizes the development and maintenance of the nation’s waterway infrastructure, among other critical projects.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) today joined all 16 members of the Georgia congressional delegation in sending a letter to Sylvia Burwell, director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), expressing disappointment in OMB for its failure to support for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP). Earlier this week, the Obama administration released its FY 2015 budget, and again failed to provide construction funding for the Savannah Harbor deepening.
WASHINGTON–U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08), chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture, today announced a public hearing will be held on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. to review the Smith-Lever Act on its 100th anniversary.
WASHINGTON–U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08), member of the House Agriculture Committee and House Republican negotiator on the Farm Bill conference committee, today delivered the following remarks in favor of the Agricultural Act of 2014 – the Conference Report to accompany H.R. 2642, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013:
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) today delivered the following video statement in response to the President’s 2014 State of the Union address to the nation Tuesday:
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) today released the following statement on the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013:
WASHINGTON–U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) today delivered the following opening remarks at the first public meeting for the 2013 Farm Bill conference committee:
Opening Statement of Congressman Austin Scott
House-Senate Conference Committee
WASHINGTON–House and Senate Agriculture Committee leaders will convene the first public meeting for the 2013 Farm Bill conference committee tomorrow, October 30, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. ET in room 1100 of the Longworth House Office Building (the Ways and Means Committee Room). The agenda for the meeting of conferees will include opening statements and discussion of H.R. 2642, The Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013.
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) joined all 14 House members of the Georgia Congressional delegation in voting for the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), which authorizes the development and maintenance of the nation’s waterway infrastructure, among other critical projects. The legislation, which passed the House with bipartisan support, includes a key provision that authorizes the funding necessary for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project to move forward.