I ran for Congress because I want to help change the way we do business in Washington, D.C.
Throughout my first year in office, I have stood up for principles that will guide our country back toward the path of freedom and prosperity.
I truly believe the biggest issues facing our country right now are the lack of fiscal discipline and the exponential expansion of government. We have seen an outrageous increase in the size, scope, and intrusiveness of the federal government. It is tying the hands of the American people and stamping out the spark of innovation, creativity, and success in our economy. There is a clear need to return the federal government to its proper role. We must also reign in the out-of-control spending and power grabs by lawmakers and special interests.
The American people deserve a blueprint for policymaking that is built upon the Constitution of the United States and the principles of fiscal discipline, limited government, accountability, and a strong national defense. Now is the time for us to be unapologetic about our principles and unflinching in our resolve to turn this country back into the Land of Opportunity.
For this reason, I am introducing the Contract for the American Dream. It is a congressional action plan for the 112th Congress. We encourage lawmakers and those seeking office to sign the pledge, and join the cause.
— Jason Chaffetz is a Republican congressman from Utah.