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.


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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