Budget Process

The national debt is one of the greatest threats to Americans' well-being.

The $18 trillion federal debt drains the economy in the form of higher taxes and interest rates, creates uncertainty for businesses, crowds out private investment and threatens to increase inflation, a hidden tax on families.

One of the reasons it has been so easy to keep adding to the debt is because Congress budgets with rules that are rigged to support increased spending. For instance, Congress assumes that spending will go up every year, so if funding for a program remains the same, politicians call it a “cut.” It also spends and borrows hundreds of billions of dollars every year without even passing a budget.

Congress needs to pass budget rules that prevent this from happening. At the very least, it’s time for Congress to stop assuming that spending will increase every year.

Washington has to start using real accounting rules and require the House and Senate to introduce balanced budget plans.


Mar 16, 2017

White House Budget Proposal Step in the Right Direction

Arlington, VA — The White House today released its budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018. In it, the administration outlines its plan to rein in an ever-expanding federal bureaucracy, reduce out-of…

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Dec 22, 2016

Obama Poised to Preside Over Slowest Economic Growth Since Eisenhower

Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce released its third and final estimate of gross domestic product (GDP) for the third quarter of 2016, announcing that the U.S. economy expanded at…

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Dec 07, 2016

CR Protects Taxpayers From the Worst Special Interest Threats

Arlington, VA – Congress announced last night the details of a continuing resolution (CR) which would fund the government into next April. This fall, Freedom Partners and its coalition allies helped identify and…

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Nov 29, 2016

Despite Strong Quarterly Growth, Economy Continues to Struggle

Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce released its second estimate of gross domestic product (GDP) for the third quarter of 2016, announcing that the U.S. economy expanded at an annualized…

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Nov 10, 2016

Congress Must Pass a Clean Funding Bill

Congress returns to D.C. next week for the start of the lame-duck session, and the big question is whether outgoing, unaccountable lawmakers will make one last “deal” with Harry Reid…

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Sep 28, 2016

Freedom Partners Statement on Short-Term Continuing Resolution

Arlington, VA – The U.S. Senate today agreed to advance a short-term continuing resolution, which funds the government until December 9 and sets Congress up to consider a massive 2017 spending…

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Sep 19, 2016

Taxpayers Deserve Better

The now typical end-of-year battle for funding in Washington is in full swing.  With a September 30 deadline, discussions around Capitol Hill seemed to indicate that the Senate would go…

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Sep 13, 2016

ICYMI: Congress Must Say No to Lame-Duck Spending

In Case You Missed It: Congress Must Say No To Lame-Duck Spending Andy Koenig | Forbes Who saw this coming? President Obama and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) have already…

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Sep 09, 2016

Statement on Growing Opposition to Lame-Duck Spending Bill

Arlington, VA – Opposition to the Reid-Obama lame-duck spending plan continues to grow with Republican Study Committee Chair Bill Flores (R-Texas) indicating that it likely wouldn’t pass the House…

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Sep 08, 2016

Don’t Force Spending Decisions Into the Lame Duck

When Harry Reid controlled the Senate, he went four years without his chamber passing a budget. So, it wasn’t that surprising to hear now-Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid reject the…

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