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.


Apr 12, 2017

White House Action to Cut Wasteful Spending at Federal Agencies Should be Applauded

  Arlington, VA – After signing an executive order in March to begin holding federal agencies accountable and develop plans to “improve their efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability,” the White House is issuing specific…

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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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