Monday, April 11, 2011
RSC Update: Moving from Billions to Trillions
From the Chairman
Over the last few months, House Republicans have changed the debate in Washington. The question is no longer, “Will we cut spending?” The question is, “How much?” Still, Democrats running the Senate and the White House have prevented more than a good first step on cutting spending. It is time to shift the conversation from billions to trillions.
Later this week, the House will debate the 2012 budget proposal written by Rep. Paul Ryan and the House Budget Committee, which lays out a path that would save endangered programs like Medicare and get control over the raging national debt. At the RSC, we have built on the Budget Committee’s good work and shown what it will take to achieve a balanced budget in less than 10 years.
Washington’s massive deficits were not created overnight, and it will take time to get America back on stable fiscal ground – an essential part of safeguarding our future. The RSC Budget turns trillion-dollar deficits into a budget surplus in nine years. It is a blueprint that will require lawmakers with the discipline to do the right thing – even when it’s the hard thing. Washington cannot keep spending money it doesn’t have. Our future depends on it.
Congressman Jim Jordan
Chairman, Republican Study Committee
RSC Media Activity – RSC members work hard to ensure that the conservative viewpoint is well-represented in all corners of the media. Visit our Media Center for more.
· Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01): The Senate Must Act; The Ogden Standard Examiner, April 5.
· Rep. Steve Scalise (LA-01): Ways to Prevent a Government Shutdown and Cut Spending; The New Orleans Times-Picayune, April 6.
· Rep. Eric Cantor (VA-07): Energy Solutions Are All Around Us; The Richmond Times-Dispatch, April 6.
· Rep. Adam Kinzinger (IL-11): Capping the EPA’s Backdoor Energy Tax;The Washington Examiner, April 6.
· Rep. Phil Roe (TN-01): Paul Ryan’s Budget Would Break Our Spending Addition; The Daily Caller, April 6.
· Rep. Bill Flores (TX-17): Restoring America’s Promise; The Hill, April 7.
· Rep. Reid Ribble (WI-08): GOP Budget Addresses Nation’s Fiscal Problems; The Green Bay Press-Gazette, April 8.
RSC Member Activity – RSC members make it a priority to introduce productive, conservative solutions for America’s future.
· Rep. Paul Ryan (WI-01) introduced the FY 2012 Budget Resolution, The Path to Prosperity: Restoring America’s Promise, which would help spur job creation today, stop spending money the government doesn’t have, and lift the crushing burden of debt.
· RSC Budget and Spending Task Force Chairman Scott Garrett (NJ-05) and RSC Chairman Jim Jordan (OH-04) put forth the RSC Budget for FY 2012: Honest Solutions, which gets us from trillion-dollar deficits to balance in just nine years, builds on the House Budget Committee’s groundbreaking FY2012 proposal and puts us on track to fiscal sanity in America.
· Rep. David Schweikert (AZ-05) introduced H.R. 1432, the Creating Sunshine, Participation, and Accountability for Our Nation (CSPAN) Act, which would require that all rules addressed by Congress in conjunction with the health care law be issued through the formal rulemaking process, be presided over by a Senate-confirmed official, and that the processes be open to television and the media.
House Floor Activity – The following key legislation came through the House of Representatives recently.
· On Monday, the House passed H.R. 1246, which would reduce military operation and maintenance accounts used for printing and reproduction by 10%. The House Armed Services Committee estimates the bill will create $35.7 million in savings in FY12, reaching nearly $180 million in savings through FY16.
· On Thursday, the House passed H.R. 910, the Energy Tax Prevention Act, which would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating greenhouse gases (GHG) to address climate change under the Clean Air Act.
· On Friday, the House passed H.J.Res 37, which resolves that: “Congress disapproves the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission relating to the matter of preserving the open Internet and broadband industry practices (Report and Order FCC 10-201, adopted by the Commission on December 21, 2010), and such rule shall have no force or effect.” This resolution would stop the FCC from excessive government regulation of the Internet.
· On Friday, as part of a broader agreement on 2011 spending, the House passed a one week CR to cut $2 billion.
Outlook – A quick look at what’s on the horizon.
· On Wednesday, the House will vote on H.R. 1217, to repeal a $17.5 billion ObamaCare slush fund.
· On Wednesday, the House will vote on an appropriations package, finishing the 2011 spending plan.
· On Wednesday, President Obama will give a mulligan speech on his 2012 budget.
· On Thursday and Friday, the House will debate the 2012 budget resolution.
· On Friday, the RSC will offer its budget proposal as an amendment to the Budget Committee plan.
· Each week the House is in session, the RSC Budget and Spending Taskforce compiles a weekly report on the latest budget and spending news. Additionally, the RSC Money Monitor tracks how bills passed by the House affect authorizations, mandatory spending, and federal government revenue.
House Republican Study Committee
Rep. Jim Jordan, Chairman
Paul Teller, Executive Director
Brad Watson, Policy Director
Bruce “Fez” Miller, Professional Policy Staff
Joe Murray, Professional Policy Staff
Curtis Rhyne, Professional Policy Staff
Ja’Ron Smith, Professional Policy Staff
Wesley Goodman, Director of Conservative Coalitions and State Outreach
Yong Choe, Director of Business Outreach and Member Services
Brian Straessle, Communications Director
Ben Miller, Deputy Communications Director
Cyrus Artz, Research Assistant