The American economy is facing very difficult times and we need sensible economic policies to get the country moving in the right direction. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on American families and businesses. To help mitigate the pandemic’s impact on our economy, I voted in favor of the bipartisan COVID-19 relief packages, signed by President Trump, which directly assisted Kansan families and businesses. While these packages included many provisions I would not support under ordinary circumstances, during the pandemic hospitals needed supplies, small businesses needed loans, farmers and ranchers needed certainty and people, through no fault of their own, needed relief. While this spending to counter a severe crisis was necessary, I am opposed to Washington's longstanding overreliance on spending.
I have heard from many Kansans who are upset with massive government spending and tax increases at a time when families are forced to tighten their belts and make tough choices. Kansans are tired of footing the bill for greater expansion of government and are rightly frustrated at deficit spending that significantly increases our country's already crippling debt.
Keeping future generations in mind, I have voted against reckless tax-and-spend sprees which will raise taxes and harm American economic competitiveness. Congress is spending at an alarming rate and must realize that spending trillions of dollars, dollars that we simply do not have, undermines economic recovery today and Americans who will have to pay our debts in the future. I am committed to opposing reckless spending and working to address our country's economic problems in a fiscally responsible way that helps Kansas families and businesses.