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Congressman Steve Russell

Representing the 5th District of Oklahoma

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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

January 16, 2018 In The News

Rep. Steve Russell joined the KOCO 5 studios to discuss his latest “Waste Watch” report on what the government is spending taxpayer dollars on.

January 12, 2018 In The News

U.S. Rep. Steve Russell talks about President Trump's first year in office. Also, the latest report on wasteful government spending focuses on the Farm Bill and identifies 10 examples of wasteful government spending and programs in agriculture.

January 10, 2018 In The News

Congressman Steve Russell has released his latest edition of his series highlighting wasteful government spending.

"Waste Watch 8" focuses on government spending and programs in agriculture. The Farm Bill edition of the series highlights 10 examples of waste.

January 10, 2018 In The News

Rep. Steve Russell (OK-5) today released the latest edition of his Waste Watch series. Waste Watch No. 8 is the Farm Bill Edition, identifying 10 examples of wasteful government spending and programs in agriculture that wasted $16.5 billion in taxpayer dollars.

January 10, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Steve Russell (OK-5) today released the latest edition of his Waste Watch series. Waste Watch No. 8 is the Farm Bill Edition, identifying 10 examples of wasteful government spending and programs in agriculture that wasted $16.5 billion in taxpayer dollars.

January 10, 2018 In The News

If U.S. Sen. James Lankford doesn’t find ways the government can waste money, then count on Oklahoma Rep. Steve Russell to find them.

In his latest Waste Watch No. 8 report, the Republican 5th District Representative cited $16.5 billion in spending programs he considered to be examples of wasteful government spending. He found 10 of them in agriculture.

September 14, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Cost cutting legislation introduced by Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5) in March of this year moved forward with the passage of H.R. 3354, the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, saving the taxpayer more than 1.9 billion.

August 8, 2017 In The News

Congressman Steve Russell stopped by the FOX 25 studios Tuesday to discuss North Korea, Trump's recent changes to military policy and his latest Waste Watch report.

On Tuesday, President Trump threatened "fire and fury" against North Korea after reports that the country has produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles.

July 31, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – On July 28, Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5) introduced H.R. 3621, the REAPPLY Act of 2017, which would require all recipients of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Lifeline program to formally re-apply every year.

July 26, 2017 Press Release

Today, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved 13 bills, including two cost cutting bills introduced by Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5) this Congress, the Federal Register Printing Savings Act of 2017 and the