COBLE ADDS GOP YOUCUT PROGRAM TO HIS WEBSITE
May 19, 2010 -
(WASHINGTON, D.C.)----U.S. Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) has added the House Republican Conference’s new voter participation program known as “YouCut” to his congressional website. Congressman Coble, who is known for his record of fiscal conservatism, said he is pleased by the GOP’s effort to get everyday Americans’ input on how Washington can get a handle on runaway spending.
“Our Whip Eric Cantor has devised an outstanding program to hear from the American people on those cuts they would like to see Congress implement,” Rep. Coble stated. “We have received the message loud and clear that we must get a handle on wasteful and unnecessary spending. I urge constituents in the 6th District to go to our website, click on the YouCut link, and then vote on which programs they would like to see eliminated.”
House Republican Whip Eric Cantor launched YouCut one week ago and invited viewers to vote on one of five spending cuts that Republicans would bring to the House floor for an up or down vote each week. More than 280,000 people voted in just the first week. Cantor said the Republicans will call for a vote on Thursday of the first winner of YouCut. The target is known as the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Emergency Contingency Fund, which cost $2.5 billion. Health and Human Services disburses more than $16 billion to states for this program every year, but the $2.5 billion emergency contingency fund was added to the stimulus package. The Republicans contend that the fund incentivized states to increase their welfare caseloads without requiring able-bodied adults to work, get job training, or otherwise prepare to move off of taxpayer assistance. More than 81,000 citizens who visited YouCut voted to cut the program.
Congressman Coble urged his constituents to vote each week by visiting his website and clicking on the YouCut link. “Hopefully, Congress will get the message,” Coble added, “and will begin eliminating wasteful spending. The American people are speaking with a clear and consistent voice – balance the budget and cut out the unnecessary spending.” Coble’s website is www.coble.house.gov