Cutting wasteful spending

As a small businessman, Jon knows the value of a dollar, and he knows it takes responsible decisions to make ends meet.

Jon believes there is an immediate need to responsibly cut wasteful spending and the national deficit. That’s why Jon has worked to cut the nation’s deficit in half over the past few years.

Working across party lines with Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Jon ended unemployment insurance benefits for millionaires. Jon bucked his party and became the only Senate Democrat to vote against the bailouts of both Wall Street and the U.S. auto industry. He also helped write and pass the Wall Street reform law to end the notion that companies can be “too big to fail.”

In 2010, Jon wrote a successful amendment that trimmed $6 billion from the unemployment insurance bill. He killed an ineffective federal “Animal ID” program, saving taxpayers millions.

As chairman of the Homeland Security subcommittee that oversees the federal workforce, Jon has worked to make government leaner and more accountable.

Jon also introduced a bill to require Senate candidates to file their campaign financial disclosure forms online, allowing quick and easy public access. If signed into law it will save taxpayers nearly $500,000 per year.

Because he believes public service should be about improving lives, and not about a paycheck, Jon saved taxpayer dollars by helping to kill two pay raises for members of Congress, and supported legislation in the Senate that would repeal automatic Congressional pay raises.

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