Washington, DC- Rep. Tom Rice (SC-07) joined his fellow new members of Congress today and called upon both Republican and Democrat leadership to put forth bipartisan plans that secure the fiscal health of our nation. This bipartisan letter urges our country’s leaders to work toward finding long-term solutions to address our country’s serious challenges.

“For too long Washington has been all talk and no action,” said Rice.  “In order for our economy to recover from its anemic state, Washington must stop searching for piecemeal solutions and enact substantial solutions that allow our country to prosper for years to come.  By signing this letter, my colleagues and I are calling for the end of political gamesmanship, and for the start of a stronger America.”

The letter affirms the following actions to secure the fiscal health of our nation:

  • Strengthen and Preserve Medicare and Social Security – While protecting current recipients and seniors, we must reform the Medicare and Social Security’s long-term financial obligations by addressing rising health care costs and changing demographics.  The goal is to make sure these essential programs meet our obligations to our seniors and ensure that these bedrocks are available to future generations, while reducing our long-term deficit and debt issues.
  • Promote economic growth to generate revenue – Of critical importance is a fair and broad tax plan including eliminating excessive corporate subsidies, tax loopholes and other subsidies to provide lower rates, that will encourage a pro-growth economy, providing added revenue for the federal budget.  We must also encourage innovation with less stringent regulation to help small businesses grow, which will lower unemployment. 
  • Cutting spending – While some spending cuts have already been made, we must look for additional savings moving forward to further reduce spending, while seeking to protect the programs that are crucial to our future health as a nation.
  • Identify efficiencies and consolidations – Restructure and consolidate agencies and departments, eliminating duplication and waste.  
  • Medicaid fraud – Aggressively pursue Medicaid fraud, waste and abuse.

Letter signatories include: Republican Reps.: Robert Pittenger, Randy Weber, Andy Barr, Steve Stockman, Kerry Bentivolio, George Holding, Keith Rothfus. Susan Brooks,  Chris Stewart, Kevin Cramer, Brad Wenstrup, Markwayne Mullin, Luke Messer, Ted Yoho, Rodney Davis, Mark Meadows, Trey Radel, David Joyce, Tom Rice, Jackie Walorski, Roger Williams and Democrat Reps.: Ami Bera, Tony Cardena, Joe Garcia, Ann Kirkpatrick, Anne Mclane Kuster, Grace Meng, Scott Peters, Kyrsten Sinema, Pete Gallego, and Eric Swawell.