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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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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.

A new way to confront spending

Writing today in The Hill, Jonathan Bydlak discusses a new bill that would make it easier for elected officials to know the true cost of their votes.

Rep. Michael Cloud (R-Texas) recently filed a bill that would make ignoring growing deficits a little bit harder.


H.R. 638, the Cost Estimates Improvement Act, would amend the 1974 Budget Act to stipulate that the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation “include costs relating to servicing the public debt” in their estimates of legislation.
It would also require the agency to report when proposed spending is duplicative, something the Government Accountability Office also tracks after the fact.

Read the full piece here.

With SpendingTracker.org, we work every day to ensure politicians are held accountable for the impact of their votes. Bills like Rep. Cloud’s would help to ensure politicians themselves know what that impact will be. We hope Congress will take action on this critical issue.

Rep. Morgan Griffith cites Coalition data in new op-ed

Writing Monday for NRV News, Virginia rep Morgan Griffith, one of only a handful of Representatives to end the 115th Congress voting for a net spending cut, cited SpendingTracker.org in highlighting his fiscal record.

While the Federal Government needs to spend on some things, it ought to be frugal with your hard-earned tax dollars.


It was nice to be recognized in a recent Blaze TV story and Washington Examiner article as one of the few Members of Congress whose votes in the 115th Congress (2017-18) would have resulted in a net spending cut. This data came from the Coalition to Reduce Spending, which tracks bills affecting spending in Congress.


Read the full piece here, and visit SpendingTracker.org today to find out how your Member of Congress stacks up on the cause of our generation.

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