Senator Claire McCaskill Fails Missouri Taxpayers
Votes for Out-of-Control Spending While Missouri Considers Spending Cap
Washington, DC – Americans for Prosperity – Missouri announced its disappointment with the U.S. Senate for failing to pass a budget and rein in federal spending. Missouri’s own Senator Claire McCaskill opposed plans to get Washington’s spending under control, including Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget (H.Con.Res 112) and Senator Pat Toomey’s “Restoring Balance” budget (S.Con.Res.37). In the meantime, AFP-MO is encouraging the State Senate to rein in state government spending by passing the spending cap proposal HJR 43.
“Washington and Senator McCaskill have failed us once again to get their arms around spending at the federal level, but the state of Missouri has one more opportunity to fix its own house,” said Patrick Werner, Americans for Prosperity – Missouri State Director. “HJR 43 is stuck in the Missouri Senate and this is their last opportunity to put a cap on future Missouri budgets and get a handle on government spending.”
HJ 43 was passed by bipartisan majority in the Missouri House but is blocked in the Senate by state senator Chuck Purgason (R-33rd District). If passed by the House and Senate, HJR 43 sets a cap on all future spending.
The U.S. Senate has claimed to be open to budget-slashing proposals to begin to rein in the staggering national debt, the routine federal budget deficit, and the out-of-control entitlement programs. However, failure to pass now eight separate budget ideas shows that despite the rhetoric, there is little actual intent.
Representative Paul Ryan’s budget would have reduced spending by $187 billion in the first year, lowered family and corporate tax rates, and introduced a “premium support” model to Medicare in order to reduce costs. Senator Pat Toomey’s budget proposed to improve the Ryan budget by further cutting discretionary spending, balancing the budget by 2020, and reining in Medicaid costs by issuing block grants to states.
For further comments or to interview Missouri State Director Patrick Werner, contact him at PWerner@afphq.org or (314) 780-7687.