COUNTDOWN: Congress Must Act Soon on Trump’s Rescissions Plan

On May 8, President Trump exercised his authority under the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 (ICA) and transmitted a special message to Congress requesting they cut $15.4 billion in previously appropriated funding. They have until June 22, 2018 to act!

Time is running out!

“Over the past decade, it’s become increasingly apparent that Washington has no appetite for fiscal restraint,” wrote former Heritage Action vice president and current deputy director of the White House Office of Management and Budget Russ Vought. “President Trump stands ready to put our fiscal house back in order and put the American taxpayer first. Does the rest of Washington?”

Do your Senators and Representative support President Trump’s request?

What Lawmakers Are Saying

“Today, the president submitted the largest rescission package in history, and the House will soon pass it. This is an important effort to revive a budget-cutting tool that has been ignored for too long.” — Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)

“Cutting wasteful spending should not be a partisan exercise. It’s time to give the bloated federal budget a much-needed spring cleaning.” — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)

"I support the President’s proposed rescissions package. If we’re going to be serious about controlling federal spending, the very least we should be able to do is recall funds that are unspent from prior years." — Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)

"If we do not find the will to reduce federal spending ourselves now, at some point economic reality will force us to do it much more painfully later. That is why today’s White House request for $15 billion in spending rescissions is such a welcome first step to bringing our out of control spending habit back in line." — Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah)

“I voted against the spending deal because it spends too much and increases the debt. I’m glad President Trump is working to save taxpayers money by cutting billions in wasteful spending. Recovering unspent dollars from previous years is an obvious solution.” — Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.)

“#rescissions, Great tool to clean out the spending underbrush. Hasn’t been used in almost 20 yrs. And it gets us around the Senate filibuster! A big win for the American people. Thanks @MickMulvaneyOMB & @POTUS” — Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.)

“I support the Trump Administration’s use of the rescission tool to identify and cut out some of our government’s wasteful, unnecessary spending.” — Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.)

“President Trump’s proposed spending rescissions are positive progress toward reining in our out-of-control federal debt and deficit. Most of these proposed rescissions address unused funds from previous years – dollars that are no longer authorized to be spent. As these funds sit idly in various government accounts, it only makes sense to trim that excess spending from our budget. As Congress attempts to get our nation’s finances in order, we must ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent efficiently and effectively.” — Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.)

“I support President Trump’s initiative to tackle some of our current spending problems through a historic rescissions package. . . . Taking those funds back will be helpful in reducing the debt and highlights the importance of appropriating money responsibly in the future. Finding ways to properly spend federal funds is key to balancing our national budget and preventing wasteful spending. I look forward to working with the Administration to move this rescissions package forward and to continue to establish responsible spending habits.” — Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.)

“There is no denying it, Washington has a spending problem. I support President @realDonaldTrump's decision to cut wasteful government programs and roll back over $15 billion in spending.” — Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas)

“In any case, it is disingenuous to insinuate congressional Republicans or Mr. Trump are trying to pull a fast one with any rescissions package. A Democrat-controlled Congress created the expedited process for rescissions in 1974, which bypasses the filibuster by requiring a simple majority.The package Mr. Trump sent yesterday is good, and his base should be encouraged in this moment of fiscal restraint. Hopefully, the package is the first of many. Now, Congress has to do its job.” — Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.)

“As an engineer and former businessman, I have made cutting government spending and waste my top priority in Congress. This package is a good start to getting our fiscal house in order, but we must do more.” — Rep. Ron Estes (R-Kan.) 

“I fully support this effort by @POTUS to cut nonessential budget items by using the rescission process to eliminate wasteful spending. It’s time for Congress to roll up its sleeves and work with the Administration to cut more unnecessary federal spending.” — Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) 

“I, of course, applaud any initiative to scale back spending at the federal level. I recently wrote an op-ed requesting the White House send Congress a rescission package. More good news — this rescission package is the largest in history.” — Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.)

“Music to my ears: '@POTUS Trump is requesting that Congress rescind more than $15 billion in budget authority, in line with his commitment to use every tool at his disposal to rein in out-of-control Federal spending” — Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Ohio)  

“Looking forward to reviewing @POTUS’s rescissions package, a proposal to cut $15.4 billion in wasteful spending. I’m glad the President is taking our #nationaldebt seriously.” — Rep. Vicky Hatzler (R-Mo.)

“It’s a good start — let’s pass it.” — Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) 

“I fully support President Trump’s proposal to rescind $15.4 billion in unused & unnecessary federal funds. Congress should act swiftly to pass legislation that implements this rescissions package, so we can rein in wasteful spending in Washington.” — Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) 

“I will continue to say this: Washington does not have an income problem; Washington has a spending problem. President Trump and his administration clearly understand how reckless federal spending negatively effects not only our economy, but taxpayers in the long-run. I applaud the President and my predecessor, Director Mulvaney, for this historic $15 billion rescission package. . . . Although we need to cut even more, this proposal is a step in the right direction. I look forward to a vote on this package, and would like to see where the Democrats stand on billions of stagnant, un-spent funds just sitting in agency coffers.” — Rep. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) 

“I am grateful for the hard work of Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney for putting together a $15 billion rescissions package that reduces the deficit. This is the largest rescissions request by any administration and shows a commitment to limited government that President Donald Trump promised while campaigning, and I look forward to voting in favor of this measure in the House.” — Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) 

“When you combine April’s record numbers with the President’s request today to return $15 billion to the treasury, the benefits of having a shrewd businessman like Donald Trump in the White House become clear. President Trump is running record budget surpluses and safeguarding taxpayer funds, and he is Making America’s Economy Great Again. Our budget will be fully great when it is fully balanced.” — Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa)

“I strongly support President Trump’s #rescissions plan to help rein in wasteful, outdated, and unauthorized spending. Congress needs to get spending under control, and the rescission process is the perfect tool help us overcome obstruction in the Senate.” — Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Al.)

“President Trump sent Congress a rescission package that outlined 15.4 billion dollars in reductions to the recent budget. I commend the President’s continued efforts to reduce federal spending, and I support his rescission request.” — Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.)

"I hope that Congress acts on this proposal quickly and that this is not the only proposal from the Administration in regards to rescinding money agencies should have never been awarded." — Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Ala.)

“President Trump’s proposal for spending rescissions are a fulfillment of Republican promises to bend the spending curve in the right direction. As the largest conservative caucus in the House of Representatives, the Republican Study Committee fully supports this effort by the Administration to cut nonessential budget items that the American people simply do not want to pay for. The House Committee on Appropriations should pass the full rescissions bill immediately so that the House can vote on the measure as soon as possible.” — The Steering Committee of the Republican Study Committee

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