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Out-of-control government spending is the most pressing issue of our day. The Coalition to Reduce Spending is dedicated to advocating for reducing federal spending and balancing the budget. Continuing to live beyond our means will only jeopardize our country's future prosperity and security.

2017’s CR – What you can expect when you wait until right before the bell to finish your homework

Yesterday, both houses of Congress approved a temporary spending bill just days before a potential government shutdown.

In the past, CR’s extended the previous year’s agreed-upon levels of funding. This year’s CR, however, includes even higher levels of spending. Granted, the bill does include multiple provisions aimed at alleviating the effects of time-sensitive crises, but increasing spending under the guise of a Continuing Resolution, which is intended to keep funding at current levels, is relatively uncharted territory of fiscal irresponsibility.

Congress included $1.1 billion towards alleviating the spread of Zika, and $500 million in aid for communities, including Louisiana and West Virginia, that have been devastated by flooding.

Funding for Flint was not officially included in the bill, although Republican House leadership formally scheduled time to address the situation by bringing up the Water Resources Development Act (which passed the Senate earlier this month) after the election. The Senate bill included $220 million in appropriations for cities such as Flint, while the Republican amendment would authorize $170 million.

In addition, $7 million was included to address the opioid epidemic. However, the majority of the CRs increase from last year’s spending levels will be going towards Military construction and the Department of Veterans Affairs – the only two agency budgets to receive full-year funding.

Many Americans oppose a government shutdown, and would agree with Paul Ryan’s frustration with divided government and dysfunction. Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY), chairman of the House Appropriation’s Committee, justified his vote by adding, “[passing a CR] is what we must do to fulfill our congressional responsibility to keep the lights on in our government.”

But particularly as spending is increased and on track to keep going up, Americans are also right to question why these crises keep happening. Just because a majority of Americans are against a government shutdown, does not mean we also approve of waiting until the last minute to complete a project that was assigned at the beginning of the year.

Will first Presidential debate ignore spending?

This post originally appeared at the Institute to Reduce Spending.

The long-awaited Presidential debate season kicks off tonight as Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump squares off against the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton. The debate will take place at 9:00 PM at Hofstra University in New York, where both candidates have ties — it is where Trump currently lives and where Clinton was a two-term Senator.

Some pundits wonder about Trump’s temperament, while others question if Clinton has a viable plan for the economy and jobs. Tonight is an opportunity to finally see the candidates side-by-side and compare where they stand on the issues.
This will be the first of three Presidential debates in addition to a Vice Presidential showdown happening on October 4th.

Logistically, the debate will be 90 minutes with no breaks, where topics are divided into 6 time segments with a 15-minute time frame for each. The moderator will start with a question that each nominee will respond to and then they will be able to respond to each other’s comments. The topics for the debate include “America’s direction” and “achieving prosperity and securing America.”

With satisfaction of the two parties’ nominees at the lowest point since the early 90’s, both candidates must do their best tonight to appeal to those on the fence. Fiscal conservatives should be on the lookout for an issue that has thus far been neglected: America’s soaring debt and spending. With Election Day now just about 6 weeks out, both candidates will be looking at tonight as an opportunity to pull ahead and eventually earn the title: President of the United States. Those who care about the debt and spending should be on the lookout to see if our next President will have concrete goals for getting our fiscal house in order.

Accurate Accounting Act Takes Aim at Budget Dysfunction

On Thursday, Representative Tom Graves (GA-14) introduced the Accurate Accounting Act of 2016, which would make three distinct changes to the federal budgetary process. The bill would attempt to bring Social Security under the regular discretion of Congress as well as make changes to the fundamentals of the budget process.

The first provision of the bill would amend the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 and the Budget Enforcement Act of 1990 so that Social Security spending and revenues are counted in the totals included in the congressional budget resolution and the President’s budget. In other words, it would require regular reporting on what this program — the country’s single largest expenditure — is costing taxpayers.

The legislation also would require the Government Accountability Office to update a study, at least once every five years, of what government programs and agencies avoid budgetary inspection. The final part of the bill would implement zero-based budgeting for all factions of the government. This form of budgeting forces every administration to justify all new spending on a yearly basis instead of assuming spending will regularly increase as baseline budgeting currently does.

With debt to GDP at the highest it’s been since World War II, fiscal conservatives should look for solutions to growing budgetary dysfunction. In a time when Congress regularly fails to follow its basic budgeting process and finds itself in crisis after crisis as a result, it’s worth taking aim at the process itself.

Republican Study Committee Chair introduces C.R.

Via Institute to Reduce Spending:

Chairman Bill Flores (R-TX) of the Republican Study Committee (RSC) initiated the first move toward a government funding bill on Tuesday by filing a continuing resolution – something the Senate has had trouble with thus far. In a press release yesterday, Chairman Flores explained his reasoning behind introducing the legislation by stating, “rather than continuing to allow the Senate to wallow in the misery of Harry Reid’s hostage taking and ever-moving goalposts, the House, by acting first, can stop the uncertainty coming out of Washington today.”

The short-term continuing resolution—H.R. 6071—includes a few details that the House Republicans are adamant about implementing. First, it would enact the Zika Response and Preparedness Act, but the funding would not go to Planned Parenthood, a key provision Democrats have been fighting for. The bill also would stop Obama’s push to transition control of the Internet toICANN as well as implement a strict vetting process for refugees coming from countries dominated by terrorist groups. H.R. 6071 would also not reinstate the Export-Import Bank—another provision that has been discussed.

This move by the House is in response to Senate actions last night, when Senators cast a vote to proceed with a continuing resolution – without any actual text of that CR ready. Now that the House has done what they can to try to fund the government, the pressure is now on the Senate to try and come to an agreement—something that must be done in the next 9 days in order to avoid a government shutdown.

The Senate just voted to move forward on a bill that doesn’t exist

This fall, politicians are locked in a relatively predictable battle over funding the government. Since they still find themselves unable to follow the regular budget process, the fight instead is primarily about the form and content of a continuing resolution (CR) that will provide temporary funding so the government doesn’t shut down.

Members have been facing off on various issues— from the length of time the stop-gap measure will be active for, to whether Congress will block Zika funding from going to Planned Parenthood — with few conflicts reaching consensus even as the deadline looms.

That’s why it was strange, to say the least, when the Senate voted yesterday to proceed to a vote on a continuing resolution. Particularly in the Senate, procedural votes are often just as consequential for policy as final roll-call votes. To see a vote to proceed being taken before text — or even clear indication of what the text might include — exists is an unsettling development for anyone who cares about responsibility and fiscal sanity.

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