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Congressman Steve Russell

Representing the 5th District of Oklahoma


Spending Cuts and Debt

The U.S. federal government borrows 32 cents out of every dollar it spends, and the national debt now exceeds an astonishing $18 trillion. If left unchecked, government spending will inevitably lead to government bankruptcy and default. That being said, I believe our country can still be saved from economic disaster by cutting spending, creating jobs, and removing government barriers to economic growth and prosperity.  As a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, I will continue to seek out waste, fraud, and abuse of taxpayer dollars and curb frivolous spending patterns.

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More on Spending Cuts and Debt

June 29, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Last week, Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5) introduced two more cost cutting bills, H.R. 3022 and H.R. 3023.

June 12, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DCToday, Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5) released the latest edition of his Waste Watch series. Waste Watch No. 7 is the Education Edition, identifying 10 examples of wasteful government spending and programs in education that wasted $74 billion in taxpayer dollars.

May 26, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Yesterday, Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5) introduced two more cost cutting bills: the Stop Taxpayer-Funded Alcohol Marketing Act and the End Subsidies for Tobacco Act.

May 17, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, two of the seven cost cutting bills introduced by Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5) this Congress, the Federal Register Printing Savings Act of 2017 and the Federal Agency Mail Management Act of 2017 both passed the House by voice vote.

April 4, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Last week, Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5) introduced H.R. 1767, a bill to discontinue the administrative cost allowances associated with Pell Grants. The Pell Grant was created by the Higher Education Act of 1965 in order to help students in need of financial aid attend institutions of higher education (IHEs). The Pell Grant program is well-known as it has helped millions of students attend college since its inception.

March 30, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – On Tuesday, Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5) introduced H.R. 1768, the End NHA Earmarking Act, which would prevent approximately $20 million annually in government waste.  H.R. 1768 will block any new federal funds from being appropriated for the National Heritage Areas Program (NHAP). National Heritage Areas (NHAs) are large segments of land that are generally not owned by the federal government, and yet receive numerous grants that are not available to the rest of the country.

March 29, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Last week, Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5) introduced a bill to terminate the Essential Air Service (EAS) program in order to save $150 million annually. Initially intended to be a 10-year transitional program in 1978, EAS now provides millions of dollars in federal subsidies to airlines that fly to remote communities. It was reauthorized in 1988 and indefinitely extended in 1996. Although EAS was originally funded exclusively by foreign aircraft overflight fees, it has been supplemented by millions of taxpayer dollars since 2002.

March 20, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Last Friday, Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5) introduced H.R. 1623, a bill to repeal the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Incentive Program (ATVM). The ATVM is a $25 billion loan program, created in 2007 with the Energy Independence and Security Act, to assist car manufacturers in producing more fuel-efficient passenger vehicles. Of the $25 billion appropriated, $16.6 billion is left in the fund, and the last completed loan was issued in March 2011.

January 24, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5) voted in favor of H.R. 7, No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which passed the House by a vote of 238-183. H.R. 7 would make the Hyde Amendment permanent law. The Hyde Amendment prohibits taxpayer dollars from funding abortions, and has been routinely passed each year by both Republican and Democrat controlled Congresses since 1976.


December 23, 2016 Press Release

Del City, OK – Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5) spoke with C-SPAN’s Bill Scanlan to talk about the importance of checks and balances, bipartisanship in Congress, and his biggest accomplishments in his first term in office.

On Checks and Balances in Government: