LIMA — Because of the Sequestration’s automatic budget cuts and a spending measure passed later by Congress, U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan says, the federal government actually spent less money for the first time in a long time.
While it wasn’t the best way to do it, Jordan said Tuesday, he’ll take the cut of $85 billion, which represents a little more than 2 percent of the federal budget.
“We actually spent less money. That’s a positive first step,” said Jordan, R-Urbana. “The administration’s predictions of the world ending did not pan out.”
Jordan said several of President Barack Obama’s cabinet secretaries misled the American public with some of their statements on what would happen because of the automatic across-the-board spending cuts.
Jordan sat for an interview with The Lima News and also spoke Tuesday at various functions in the 4th Congressional District, including Midwest Electric’s annual member breakfast.
He remains concerned about the $16 trillion national debt being larger than the $15 trillion economy. And the interest to service the debt is larger than what the government spends on national defense.
Jordan said he is pleased with the Senate’s decision to create a budget plan. The Senate did so after the House passed a plan to delay salaries until the end of the term unless the Senate created a budget.
“Our budget actually balances and doesn’t raise taxes. The Senate’s budget never balances and raises taxes,” Jordan said. “So now the American people can at least see the two different visions for how we’re going to proceed. Now we can have a debate about the two directions we want to go.”
U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana