To the editor:

We need to elect representatives to Congress who will work across the aisle for the benefit of the country. After the largest peace-time deficit in U.S. history, Congress and President George H.W. Bush worked together to put into law the Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1990. We all remember that the economy was strong by the end of the 1990s.

On October 27, 1990, Congress passed a deficit-reduction bill that included major spending cuts and tax increases. It provided a five-year, $492 billion reduction in deficit spending. A $20 billion peace dividend shift of spending from military to domestic programs was implemented.

A strong U.S. economy also means investing in its citizens. In this 1990 Act, Congress provided for the largest spending increases in 10 years for public works, housing, environmental protection, and education. Lawmakers also voted for stronger measures to investigate, prosecute, and punish officials suspected of fraud after the savings and loan scandal.

Remember your vote does count to elect someone who will work for the benefit of all Americans.

Julie Stewart Ziesman