Bob Goodlatte replies about a balanced budget


Dear Mr. Gavaler:

Thank you for contacting me to share your desire for reduced government spending.  It is good to hear from you, and I share your concerns.

I believe that in addition to passing tight budgets and cutting spending now, we need to enact institutional reforms that will bind the federal government’s hands and cut up its credit cards once and for all no matter which party is in control.  Thus, for many Congresses now I have introduced an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to require Congress to balance its budget each year.  This will force Congress to make the decisions necessary to bring fiscal sanity back to Washington.  A balanced budget amendment would help put an end to deficit spending because Congress would no longer be allowed to spend more than it takes in.

My legislation, H.J. Res. 1, had the support of over 100 bipartisan Members of the House of Representatives last Congress.  Rest assured, I will work hard to enact this legislation and have it ratified by the states.

Like you, I believe our federal government must be lean, efficient and responsible with the dollars that our nation’s citizens worked so hard to earn.  We must work to both eliminate every cent of waste and squeeze every cent of value out of each dollar our citizens entrust to us.  Families all across our nation understand what it means to make tough decisions each day about what they can and cannot afford and government officials should be required to exercise similar restraint when spending the hard-earned dollars of our nation’s citizens.  We must not leave the next generation saddled with debt that is not their own.  Rest assured I will keep your views in mind as Congress considers these important issues.

I appreciate you taking the time to share your views with me.  I believe it is important to keep an open line of communication so I can best serve the interests of Virginia’s 6th District.  The House of Representatives reconvened for the 115th session on January 3, 2017.  I hope you will be in touch as the 115th Congress debates issues of importance to the United States.

Again, thank you for the benefit of your comments.  Please feel free to contact me whenever I may be of assistance.

With kind regards.


Bob Goodlatte
Member of Congress

Author: Chris Gavaler

Chris Gavaler is an associate professor at W&L University, comics editor of Shenandoah, and series editor of Bloomsbury Critical Guides in Comics Studies. He has published two novels: School for Tricksters (SMU 2011) and Pretend I’m Not Here (HarperCollins 2002); and six books of scholarship: On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa 2015), Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury 2017), Superhero Thought Experiments (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Iowa 2019), Revising Fiction, Fact, and Faith (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Routledge 2020), Creating Comics (with Leigh Ann Beavers, Bloomsbury 2021), and The Comics Form (Bloomsbury forthcoming). His visual work appears in Ilanot Review, North American Review, Aquifer, and other journals.

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