Rand Paul Backs Connie Mack's Plan to Cut Federal Spending
Florida Republican U.S. Rep. Connie Mack proudly trumpeted the news that U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a favorite of the tea party movement and the son of presidential candidate Ron Paul, was backing the One Percent Spending Reduction Act. Mack introduced the proposal which would cut federal spending by 1 percent each year for the next six years. Mack and his backers, including Senate sponsor Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., have also called the measure the “Penny Plan.”
“The support for the Penny Plan is growing almost daily on both sides of Capitol Hill as we draw closer to President Obama’s Aug. 2 deadline to raise the debt ceiling and continue Washington’s reckless spending,” insisted Mack. “Senator Paul’s election last year was another clear example of the voters saying ‘enough is enough’ with the way Washington spends their money, and having Senator Paul’s support for the Penny Plan should say to those voters, ‘We heard you loud and clear.'
“At President Obama’s news conference last week, he talked about hard-working American families having to make tough budget decisions at home – so is it too much to ask the federal government to do the same and eliminate 1 penny out of every federal dollar spent?” asked Mack.