Congressman Jolly Struggles to Transition from Lobbyist to Congressman

Tea Party Express, the nation’s largest tea party political action committee, has offered Congressman David Jolly a lesson in the U.S. Constitution and the role of Congress in the statement below.

Tea Party Express’ Executive Director Taylor Budowich said, “Congressman David Jolly decided to attack conservatives this week by hiding under the rubric of being a ‘keep-gov­ern­ment-open con­ser­vat­ive.’ We applaud the noble goal, but we are dismayed that Congressman Jolly is ignoring one of the most important parts of our United States Constitution – the Congress and the power of the purse.

“The Congress, and particularly the House of Representatives, are responsible for making sure the federal government doesn’t spend us into huge deficits and unsustainable debts that are going to burden our children and grandchildren for generations.

“ The Constitution is quite clear:
‘All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with amendments as on other Bills.”’— U.S. Constitution, Article I, section 7, clause 1

‘No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.”’— U.S. Constitution, Article I, section 9, clause 7

“It isn’t like our nation’s finances are in great shape. This President and Congress, following the dismal examples from the past several years, have continued unabated in spending much more money each year than we have. Thus, creating a huge debt that is undermining our economic recovery.

“It seems like Congressman Jolly may be forgetting that he no longer is at a D.C. lobbying firm. It’s time for Jolly to put his “get-along, go-along” attitude aside in the interests of the nation, and instead he should focus on reducing the relentless over-spending by the federal government. We believe Congressman Ron DeSantis would be happy to explain this process to Congressman Jolly,” Budowich concluded.