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.


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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Sep 07, 2016

Statement on Reid-Obama Lame Duck Spending Push

Arlington, VA — Freedom Partners continues to urge Senators to reject the Reid-Obama approach seeking to punt a trillion-dollar spending bill into the lame-duck session of Congress. Passing a short…

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Aug 26, 2016

Slowest Second Quarter Growth in Three Years (Q2 Preliminary Estimate)

Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce released its second estimate of gross domestic product for the second quarter of 2016, announcing that the U.S. economy expanded at an annual rate…

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Aug 24, 2016

$19.4 Billion in Corporate Welfare Congress Can Save Taxpayers This Year

We frequently hear people complain about the “do-nothing Congress” in Washington, D.C. But every so often, Congress doing nothing can yield a great result. At the end of this year…

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Aug 10, 2016

News Flash: 2016 Deficit Bigger Than Anticipated

Another day, another bitter reminder of Washington’s fiscal recklessness. On Friday, August 5, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) announced that the federal budget deficit for 2017 is already larger than originally…

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Aug 05, 2016

Tracking Bipartisan Opposition to Lame Duck Spending

As we’ve noted for weeks, when Congress passes massive spending bills right after an election, accountability goes out the window. That’s because many of the people voting on the bills…

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Aug 05, 2016

U.S. Rep. Jordan and Growing Chorus of Lawmakers Oppose Omnibus Disaster in “Lame Duck”

Congress is racing toward another potential government shutdown this fall, but this is the last thing you will hear lawmakers talking about with their constituents this August recess. Why? Congress is wedded…

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Aug 03, 2016

ICYMI: Freedom Partners Urges Long-Term Spending Bill

Jon Reid | Morning Consult Freedom Partners, a group with close ties to the Koch brothers, is trying to rally congressional Republicans behind a plan that would postpone this year’s appropriations process…

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