Last week, Congressman Dan Newhouse, R-Sunnyside, voted against the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. In doing so, he bucked the Republican party as well as others in the federal government.

Newhouse deserves kudos for standing his ground on the measure.

Our congressman said he opposed the measure because it “essentially writes a blank check” to the federal government. He said he opposed it to make a statement on “out-of-control spending.” He also said Central Washington voters are tired of debt spending and borrowing more than $1 million a minute.

We couldn’t agree more.

Newhouse’s leadership on this matter speaks well of his fiscal responsibility to voters in our 4th Congressional District as well as the rest of the nation. And his courage in standing up to both political parties on this measure truly reflects the courage and will of Central Washington voters.

But his vote against the measure also sends a mixed message. On Feb. 6, he voted in support of a continuing resolution to fund the federal government through March.

We think Newhouse’s message would’ve been stronger had he voted against both the budget bill and the continuing resolution.

Still, we commend Newhouse for taking a stand on reining in federal spending. Our nation cannot continue to fund an ever-growing government at the expense of future generations.

Maybe Newhouse’s courage will spur more congressmen to stand up for future generations, balance the federal budget and give Americans what they desperately need — a responsive federal government that lives within its financial means.

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