Rep. Karen Shepherd proclaims that she has Utah's best interests at heart. Let's review her most current voting record and see what the facts say. Karen voted for the following legislation:
1. HR3759: fiscal 1994 disaster emergency. Includes $1.2 billion for U.N. "peacekeeping." Total cost: $11.1 billion. Average cost per household: $112.2. H Con Res 218: fiscal 1995 budget resolution. Includes a $175.4 billion deficit with even bigger deficits over the next five years. Total cost: $1.541 trillion. Average cost per household: $15,579.
3. HR4092: omnibus crime bill. Packed with "pork." Total cost: $27.5 billion. Average cost per household: $278.
4. HR4426: fiscal 1995 foreign aid. A giveaway of taxpayer money (that we first must borrow) to foreign governments. Total cost: $13.6 billion. Average cost per household: $137.
5. HR6: elementary and secondary education. This is a state and local matter, not the federal government's. Total cost: $12.7 billion. Average cost per household: $128.
In regard to items 1-5, what the IRS doesn't take in taxes is applied directly to the deficit. Karen also voted against H Con Res 218: fiscal 1995 budget (Solomon Amendment). This included meaningful spending cuts that would balance the budget by 1999. Total savings: $698 billion. Average savings per household: $7,057.