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

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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.

The Hayride reports on Virginia delegation’s spending

In an article published Friday, Virginia’s The Hayride reports on SpendingTracker.org and its newest #DecadeOfAccountability expansion.

Compared to other states, the U.S. House delegation from Virginia ranked 24th lowest in spending based on how they voted on key fiscal measures, according to a new analysis by the Coalition to Reduce Spending. On average, members of the state’s delegation voted to spend $1.41 trillion.

U.S. senators from Virginia were ranked among the very highest spenders compared to senators from the other 50 states, according to the coalition’s SpendingTracker.org website, which monitored the voting records of members of the 115th Congress.

Read the full piece here.

Coalition Letter: Support “No Budget, No Pay”

On Monday, the Coalition to Reduce Spending was proud to lead a group of 10 signatories from a diverse set of organizations demanding Congress pursue smart budget reforms and fiscally conservative policies in order to address rising spending and debt. Specifically, we urged members of Congress to support Senator Mike Braun’s “No Budget, No Pay” Act, which would require that Congress pass a budget and appropriations during each fiscal year, or forfeit pay after October 1.

As the letter notes, “The crisis in American fiscal policy is no secret,” with over a generation having passed since Congress has managed its budgets according to its own set rules. The end result — “chaos and mismanagement” — makes meaningful spending cuts and reforms a distant dream.

Congress has increasingly abdicated its constitutional budget authority with, at present, no consequences for the politicians who kick the proverbial can. We are proud to support this commonsense effort to impose some degree of responsibility into a process where it is desperately needed.

Signatories include:

Jonathan Bydlak, Coalition to Reduce Spending
Andrew F. Quinlan, President, Center for Freedom and Prosperity
Adam Brandon, FreedomWorks
Tim Chapman, Heritage Action
Dr. Bob McClure, President and CEO, The James Madison Institute
Pete Sepp, National Taxpayers Union
Matt Nye, Republican Liberty Caucus
Jenny Beth Martin, Honorary Chairman, Tea Party Patriots Action
James L. Martin, Founder & Chairman, 60 Plus Association
Saulius “Saul” Anuzis, President, 60 Plus Association

Download the full letter here.

Sen. Braun proposes “no budget, no pay”

As Congress lurches through yet another season of manufactured crises and fiscal cliffs of its own making, there is no question that the status quo is not working. The chances of cutting spending or reforming major programs are nonexistent as long as Congress does everything at the last minute under threat of shutdown.

Writing for Daily Signal, Heritage Foundation’s Romina Boccia points out how a new bill from Senator Mike Braun would aim to fix some of this problem. The bill, in short, would simply require Congress to do its job — or not get paid.

S.39, the No Budget, No Pay Act, would require that Congress pass a budget and related appropriations bills. If they do not, their salaries will not be paid.

With a debt now officially over $22 trillion, this bill would not solve all of our nation’s looming fiscal problems. However, politicians have proven time and again that they are not able to do the right thing unless they are forced. Creating an enforcement mechanism for one of the most basic functions of governing should not be necessary but clearly is. We are glad to see elected officials recognizing the need for process reform and taking steps toward solving the cause of our generation.


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