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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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See How Your Representative Voted on the $1.1 Trillion Omnibus Spending Bill

After passing the Ryan-Murray budget agreement that increased spending by $63 billion over the next two years, legislators took a winter break. Upon returning they irresponsibly rushed to construct the omnibus spending full of wasteful programs, then gave the House less than 48 hours to read the 1,582-page bill.

On Wednesday, the House passed the $1.1 trillion spending bill, 359 to 67, (64 Republicans voted no).

Now the spending bill moves to the Senate, where a vote is expected this week. The omnibus takes the country in the wrong direction, both in terms of policy and overall spending levels.

Check out our Scorecard to see how your Representative voted. Then make sure to thank the 64 conservatives who voted against this irresponsible omnibus spending bill.

See How Your Representative Voted

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Room to Fight within the Omnibus

December’s Ryan-Murray budget deal was a bad deal for a number of reasons. One of the primary reasons was that it set discretionary spending limit for Fiscal Year 2014 ($1.012 trillion) a full $45 billion above the level that would have been required by sequestration ($967 billion). While the budget number represents a spending limit, meaning Congress can (and should) spend well below that number in upcoming appropriations, there are policy provisions the House should be demanding in negotiations right now as part of any omnibus package of appropriations bills regardless of the ultimate top-line number.

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