“I came to Washington to reduce spending and to balance the budget. Since I’ve been here I’ve been involved in a lot of other things, but those two goals continue to drive what I do and why I do it.
"I voted for the omnibus appropriations bill today. It was far from perfect. But it marks a dramatic change in Washington. The base spending levels we approved today are $100 billion lower than those in 2008. I will say that again: when adjusted for inflation, the federal government will spend less on basic, discretionary spending this year than it did six years ago.
"We have also made an important change to how Washington operates. This
bill returns us to setting a budget and then spending money according to that budget, just like any household in South Carolina. It’s been a long, long time since our federal government has done that.
"Is our government still spending too much? Yes. Is it still spending money on things it should not? Yes. But we have done something that I sometimes thought might be impossible: we have changed the direction of spending.
"When I ran for office in 2010, I told people that I wanted to roll back spending in Washington to 2008 (pre-stimulus) levels. I even put that on my flyers. Today I had the chance to do what I told people I would do if they elected me.”