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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.
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House Leaders try to gather support for $733 billion Pentagon plan

Facing an uncertain future of negotiations on the rest of the federal budget, House Democratic leaders are struggling to gather support for their $733 billion plan for Pentagon spending.

Bloomberg Government reports that House Democratic leaders see this level of Pentagon spending as a necessary part of getting Republicans on board with the level of domestic spending they want. The plan is not that simple, however. Some progressive Democrats want less Pentagon spending and more domestic spending, while Republicans are split — some want Congress to control spending and maintain budget caps, while others want higher Pentagon spending at all costs. Meanwhile, these negotiations are happening outside of the required framework of a budget.

Without serious process reforms and a fundamental re-framing of how politicians think about spending, these types of negotiations — in which “I’ll vote for your spending, if you vote for mine” is the norm — will only continue.

Note: This post originally appeared at the Institute for Spending Reform.

House Freedom Caucus to oppose busting the spending caps

As Congress continues to bicker over the next round of government funding, a key Republican caucus has come out against any deal that raises the spending caps set out in the 2011 Budget Control Act.

Pointing out on Twitter that the US spends more on debt interest than on Defense, the House Freedom Caucus announced its intention to hold to the caps going forward.

Of course, discretionary spending reforms alone are not enough to address the country’s looming fiscal problems. But while many politicians use this fact as an excuse to run up discretionary spending, they should instead see it as all the more reason to hold the line against wasteful spending of all types. We’re glad to see the HFC taking this stand.

Coalition: Don’t bust the spending caps

Today, the Coalition to Reduce Spending and FreedomWorks led a letter signed by many leaders in the fiscally conservative movement urging Congressional leaders not to agree to any legislation that will raise spending caps for this year or the next.

In a time when recent reports have shown, yet again, that serious financial problems are looming if major reforms are not made, Congress simply cannot afford to step back from some of the only fiscal restraint in a generation.

Read the full letter here.

NEWS RELEASE: Jeff Moore signs anti-spending pledge in NC-3 race

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CONTACT: Rebekah Bydlak
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NEWS RELEASE: JEFF MOORE PLEDGES TO ‘REJECT THE DEBT’ IN RACE TO REPLACE LATE REP. WALTER JONES
Moore joins coalition that includes Sen. Ted Cruz (TX), Rep. Jim Banks (IN-3), Rep. Warren Davidson (OH-8), and others.

RALEIGH, NC (March 19, 2019) – Businessman Jeff Moore, a Republican candidate to replace the late Representative Walter Jones, has signed the Coalition to Reduce Spending’s Reject the Debt pledge. The pledge stipulates that Moore will not vote for any spending without offsets elsewhere in the budget and will vote only for budgets with a path to balance.

In signing, Moore joins hundreds of candidates and elected officials from across the country, including Sen. Ted Cruz (TX), Rep. Doug Collins (GA-9), and Rep. Warren Davidson. Moore is the first candidate in his race to have signed.

Upon signing, Moore released the following statement:

Every dollar spent by politicians in Washington D.C. represents the hard work of the American that earned that dollar. As such, taxpayers, at a minimum, are owed the highest deference and a concerted effort to reduce wasteful spending of their hard-earned money. Without that effort, the spending patterns in our nation’s capital will leave us with generations of debt that threatens the very security of our nation. We must put a stop to the out of control spending in Washington and reduce the $22 trillion national debt and I pledge to do my part if elected.

Jonathan Bydlak, president of the Coalition to Reduce Spending, said the organization applauds Moore’s dedication in signing. “Powerful special interests stand opposed to reducing federal spending, and election promises are often as temporary as the races that produce them,” he said. “For a candidate to put his name to paper with this pledge shows commitment far above average.”

Congressman Walter Jones, Bydlak noted, was long a stalwart fiscal conservative, ranking among the top ten most fiscally conservative Representatives in the Coalition’s SpendingTracker.org database. “Put simply,” Bydlak said, “voters in North Carolina should watch closely to see which candidates will carry on this legacy.”

The Coalition gives every elected official and candidate for federal office the opportunity to go on the record with regard to spending.

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The Coalition to Reduce Spending is a non-partisan advocacy organization dedicated to limiting federal spending. Its Reject the Debt spending pledge commits elected officials and candidates to (1) consider all spending open for reduction and vote only for budgets that present a path to balance and (2) vote against any appropriations bill that increases total spending and against the authorization or funding of new programs without offsetting cuts in other programs.

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More information, including the full text of the pledge, can be found online at http://www.ReduceSpending.org/reject-the-debt.

Ernst introduces new bills to save taxpayer money

In a time of historic spending and seemingly unstoppable waste in Washington, fiscal conservatives might find ourselves getting discouraged. But there is some good news this week that shows that some lawmakers haven’t forgotten about spending and are looking for ways to trim the fat.

On Thursday, Senator Joni Ernst introduced legislation that would require “every project supported with federal funds [to] include a price tag with its cost to taxpayers.” Currently, anyone who receives federal money from the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies, is required to report both the dollar amount and percentage of their total budget that comes from taxpayers.

But as a new GAO report shows, many don’t. Ernst’s bill also includes new enforcement mechanisms to make sure proper reporting is done.

Last month, she also introduced the “The Billion Dollar Boondoggle Act,” which would require the federal government to provide an annual report to taxpayers listing every government-funded project that is $1 billion or more over budget or five years or more behind schedule. The GAO and others have long reported on waste and mismanagement that comes when projects run behind schedule or go over cost, and having regular accountability on when this happens would be a major step toward fixing the problem.

In a time when the challenges for fiscal conservatism have never been greater, we’re excited to see the possibility for steps in the right direction.

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