Perlmutter voted for the Obama stimulus plan, which included bonuses to Wall Street executives whose firms were bailed out by the taxpayers. He voted for ObamaCare. Since 2007, he has voted for the Pelosi-backed Democrat budgets. After Republicans took control of the House last election, he voted against capping federal outlays, the necessary first step to balancing the federal budget. He has opposed efforts to reform the budget process to better control federal spending. His proposals for job creation invariably involve more government spending.