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Jonathan Wren in Rare: Will Donald Trump audit the Pentagon?

The Trump administration has been setting new ground in many ways, but one of the most striking has been President Trump’s very public attacks on expensive weapons programs. Writing today in Rare, CRS outreach manager Jonathan Wren points out that real reform must also include the waste we don’t yet know about:

This sort of Tweet-driven deal making is not new… Trump has also taken fire at Boeing, again through Twitter, regarding the price tag of $4 billion, for the Air Force One program, by exclaiming that the “ridiculous” costs could be avoided if he were to, “Cancel the order!”

Those concerned with government waste might be excited by Trump’s new approach to contract negotiations, but for real changes to be made, Trump’s willingness to take aim at wasteful programs cannot stop at the F-35 and Air Force One. If the president is looking to reassess deals, he should review the rotten deal the American taxpayer have found themselves in with the Pentagon budget at large.

Read the full piece here.

Transportation Funding: The Road Ahead

“That’s not a trillion dollars coming from the federal taxpayer into the transportation system.” That was House Speaker Paul Ryan attempting to quell concerns that President Trump’s transportation fix could potentially break the bank.

While on the campaign trail, President Trump cited the need for up to $1 trillion in infrastructure investment, and although the plan lacked details, the incredibly high estimate caught conservative House Republicans off guard.

Ryan insisted that any legislation would not add to the debt, adding that, “We have to cut spending elsewhere to pay for infrastructure.” The Representative from Wisconsin further outlined what he believed a solid, fiscally conservative approach to transportation would look like, giving a specific estimate of his preferred breakdown between public and private funds: $40 of private-sector spending for every $1 of federal funds.

The Speaker of the House reiterated that the numbers being floated around represent the cumulative investment levels between the government and the private sector, and that these “eye-popping” sums do not represent the legislation’s expected cost to the taxpayer.

With Elaine Chao expected to easily win her confirmation as Secretary of Transportation in the coming weeks, Conservatives should follow developments closely to ensure that the new administration moves forward with a fiscally responsible approach to transportation policy that utilizes public-private investment rather than deficit spending.

Jonathan Bydlak: Trump’s Inaugural Speech Inspiring, “but let’s hope real solutions follow.”

Interviewed today by CNS News, CRS Founder and President Jonathan Bydlak gives his reaction to President Trump’s Inaugural Address:

“President Trump was right when he said that families across the country have been suffering while the nation’s capital has been celebrating, but I have to hope his speech does not signal all of his priorities for fixing the problems,” Jonathan Bydlak, founder and president of the Coalition to Reduce Spending, told CNSNews.

“While his calls to reform education and overseas spending were as encouraging as recent reports of his plan for ‘dramatic cuts’, it was unsettling to hear the President largely avoid mentioning fiscal responsibility and promise massive infrastructure spending,” Bydlak said.

“His speech was inspiring, but let’s hope real solutions follow.”

Read the full article here.

After repeal, what’s next for healthcare?

Republicans in Congress may have voted overwhelmingly last week to start the ball rolling on Obamacare repeal, but larger-scale disagreements have not gone away. On the contrary, President-elect Trump’s recent pledges to ensure “insurance for everybody” have introduced a new wild card into an already difficult debate.

Some in the Senate seem to be backing away from HHS secretary nominee and House Budget Chairman Tom Price’s replacement plan, with Senators Hatch (R-UT) and Corker (R-TN) suggesting that the lengthy plan may not be the “starting point” for negotiations, especially with Trump’s pledges. House Members, many of whom worked with Chairman Price as he worked to develop healthcare alternatives as part of the Republican Better Way plan, have suggested more willingness to start from his plan.

Meanwhile, Senator Rand Paul on Monday began releasing details for his own alternative plan, which he has suggested the President-elect supports, but many in the Senate would prefer the new administration explore using executive orders to chip away at key portions of the law before beginning work on larger alternatives. And Senator Cassidy (R-LA) has suggested allowing blue states to keep Obamacare provisions if they would like.

What happens next?

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Did we just repeal Obamacare?

You’ll be hearing a lot in the upcoming days about this afternoon’s votes, and there is a lot of misinformation flying around on all sides. Below, check out an update from Coalition to Reduce Spending President Jonathan Bydlak that explains just a little of what happened.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates as they occur!

 

Dear Friend:

You might have heard Congress took a few votes today.

To listen to the mainstream media and many Democrats, you’d be forgiven for thinking the Affordable Care Act is gone for good.

If only things were so easy.

We’ve already told you about the fight among Republicans over just how to get rid of the massively expensive and failing program that has caused millions (including me!) to lose their insurance.

And now, the House has just voted to move forward with a budget resolution that never balances and proposes adding trillions to the debt.

While we share the goal of ending Obamacare, we’re profoundly disappointed that the best a Republican Congress could come up with is this particular budget — especially since several who voted for this bill had pledged not to support budgets that do not balance.

We must now push forward to ensure that repeal happens, that replacement options are free-market, and that spending does not balloon under this budget.

You see, despite what alarmist headlines might proclaim, nothing’s getting ripped away tonight. Instead, Congress has started the process to use a procedure called reconciliation to pass a repeal of Obamacare. Then, they will work to find agreement on a replacement (or series of replacements).

This plan is imperfect, provides a roadmap for massive spending, and will absolutely include replacements — many of which are unlikely to please fiscal conservatives. Nevertheless, I expect to hear a lot more of the lie that government health insurance just got ripped away without a safety net today.

This should serve as a harsh reminder of what we’re up against.

Obamacare has failed.

People are hurting.

And while we are disappointed to see the big-spending budget by which they accomplished it, we’re thrilled to see repeal moving forward so that the nation’s most vulnerable get the chance to have real care and options.

It won’t be easy. Our opponents in this fight are not afraid to twist the truth or to blame the system’s inevitable failures on those who are trying to make things better.

So buckle up and get ready to fight back.

Let’s get started.


Jonathan Bydlak
President

PS: Cutting through the noise and presenting clear information to the American people is more important now than ever. I hope I can count on you to stand with us in this battle to repeal Obamacare once and for all.

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