Budget Resolution Claims and Responses

The House is currently discussing a potential path forward on an FY17 budget resolution.  As Heritage Action explained last month, there are four criteria necessary for conservatives to support a congressional budget resolution:

  1. Balance within the budget window without accounting gimmicks;
  2. Remove Obamacare tax revenue, as the law should repealed in 2017, and as last year’s reconciliation exercise proved the GOP remains committed to repealing the entire law, including all of its tax increases;
  3. Explicitly reaffirm the GOP’s commitment to bold entitlement reform, especially Medicare premium support; and
  4. Abide by the topline FY17 budget levels contained in last year’s Republican budget.

As things stand right now, there is an effort to convince conservatives to vote for an FY17 budget that calls for $1.070 trillion in discretionary spending, which is $30 billion above the levels set by the Budget Control Act of 2011.  The “unenforceable nature of budget resolution promises” should cause those conservatives to reject the type of deals currently being discussed.

Below are some commonly made claims and straightforward conservative responses:

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Memo: House Should Pass A Conservative Budget

To:                   Interested Parties
From:              Heritage Action for America
Date:               February 9, 2016
Subject:          House Should Pass A Conservative Budget

Today, President Obama released his final budget.  In an impressive display of political messaging, Republicans on Capitol Hill will largely ignore the budget because it will be a fundamentally unserious document that doubles down on the Obama administration’s failed progressive ideals.  The challenge for Republicans, though, will be to put forward a serious budget that doubles down on conservative priorities and unites the party.

Background

In 2015, the House passed a FY16 budget with the support of 228 Republicans. That budget incorporated the BCA levels and exploited the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) loophole to plus up defense spending levels. It also proposed breaking the firewall between defense and non-defense discretionary spending starting in FY17.

Seven months later, as part of then-Speaker John Boehner’s efforts to “clean out the barn,” Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) with the support of just 79 House Republicans.  The BBA increased the budget caps by $50 billion in FY16 and $30 billion in the upcoming FY17, split between defense and non-defense.

This month, the new leadership team will ask conservatives to support that new budget level.  Not only is it $30 billion above what conservatives agreed to in the last budget resolution, but the elevated spending level was unanimously supported by congressional Democrats.  The elevated BBA funding level has no business being in a conservative Republican budget blueprint.

A Conservative Budget

Last month, Heritage Action put forward four criteria necessary for conservatives to support a congressional budget:

Read the rest of the memo.

 

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Running Away From the Ryan Budget

What practical impact will the House-passed Ryan Budget have on policy making in an election year?

Unfortunately, since 2010, there has been a notable unwillingness among House Republicans — particularly their leadership — to fight for the policies embodied in Ryan’s budgets

House Republicans and Chairman Ryan deserve credit for passing a budget, but Americans are growing tired of Washington’s budget-this-way, govern-that-way doublespeak. Lawmakers should not make the mistake, as Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) recently did, of suggesting a budget resolution alone is “a strong signal to our base that if we can deliver the election victories that we need, we’re prepared to make some really tough decisions.” 

We will only believe that promise when we see some evidence to support it. 

Read the whole Politico Magazine piece.

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Obama’s Proposal for New Federal Funds for Preschool Gets a Failing Grade

Can you guess when the following statement was made and by whom?

The trouble in too many of our modern schools is that the State, being controlled so specially by the few, allows cranks and experiments to go straight to the schoolroom when they have never passed through … the private house, the church, or the marketplace.

This observation easily applies to the state of education in America in 2014, but it was actually made by G.K. Chesterton in 1910 about the state of education in England.

Clearly, President Obama is no student of Chesterton.  He proposed $75 billion in spending over the next 10 years to create a new federally funded preschool initiative.  Consider the billions already spent on failed federal programs like Head Start, and the idea takes on a whole new dimension of awfulness.  

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Obama’s FY 2015 Budget is Bad News

Today, President Obama released his fiscal year 2015 budget, which increases spending by $791 billion over 10 years, according to the Senate and House Budget Committee Republican analysis.  It would add $8.3 trillion to the debt over 10 years.  It would never balance. Heritage Action CEO Mike Needham responded with a statement:

President Obama’s budget will no doubt be greeted with cheers from the entrenched special interests that thrive off an ever growing government, but it will do nothing for Americans struggling in this economy.  The American people deserve bold policies that restore economic vitality, renew the American Dream, and equip people to achieve happiness and prosperity.

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