Letters to the Editor

Wednesday letters: GOP Congress budgeting responsibly

KRT

With Republicans taking the lead, the budget that the U.S. House adopted in March included some major conservative reforms and is a commendable step toward a stronger, more stable economy. It balances the budget within a decade by cutting more than $5.5 trillion. And besides ensuring our national defense is once again adequately funded, it repeals parts of Obamacare and tackles entitlement reform so Social Security and Medicare remain solvent.

If Congress is not willing to eliminate wasteful spending and enact these reforms, the fiscal integrity of our country will be in jeopardy and our ability to fund core needs such as education and infrastructure will always fall short.

With the Senate finally under Republican control, there is new hope for accomplishing these necessary reforms. Conferees from both chambers are working to reconcile the two plans to establish an actual budget for the U.S. government for the first time in five years.

We should thank Rep. Joe Wilson and all of the members of our S.C. delegation who voted for this budget. This pro-growth, fiscally responsible framework leaves our nation well-positioned for success in the years ahead.

Jan Hammond

Columbia

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