UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:53am
WACO-- This week, Rep. Bill Flores discussed his top priorities before officially becoming a part of Congress.
One of those priorities might sound a little different than his campaign.
Top priorities for new Flores: jobs, the economy and budget.
All standard goals for new members, but one thing did sound different coming from the Congressman in an interview before being sworn in; his stance on the debt ceiling.
"The reason we have to vote on a debt ceiling increase is we are raising this in revenues but we're still spending at this level," said Flores.
In a previous interview with Fox 44, Flores criticized former Rep. Chet Edwards (D-TX) for voting to raise the debt ceiling, saying debt rises because of uncontrolled spending.
"We've got an absolute spending problem in this country, and it seems like nobody in the 111th Congress is doing anything to take care of it," said Flores.
Now, the Congressman says increasing it can start the process of pushing spending downward.
Some economists say for raising the debt ceiling to work toward reducing the deficit, that increase would have to come with strings attached.
"We must have requirements for restraint on government spending. So that, even though we may have to increase the debt ceiling again, there is some confidence that we're moving in a direction that instead of borrowing 40 cents out of every dollar, we're moving toward we're only borrowing 30 cents, only borrowing 20 cents," explained Baylor Economist, Professor John Pisciotta.
Flores says increasing the debt ceiling shows a lack of control on spending, but he would vote to increase that if rules were in place to eventually reduce federal spending.
Also on his to do list: look for ways to increase private sector hiring, and get back to previous regulations for off-shore drilling.