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NC Fiscal Conservatives Oppose Ryan-Murray Budget Deal
‘We want controlled spending now’
December 12, 2013
by Ann Kane
In the Budget Control Act of 2011, the budget for discretionary spending was set at $967 billion for 2014. But on Tuesday, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) led the Congress to a new deal which increases the original agreed upon amount to $1.012 trillion in spending for 2014.
Donald Bryson, Americans for Prosperity Field Director in North Carolina and Policy Analyst, spoke with Watchdog Wire – NC about the change.
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“Paul Ryan is just saying ‘well, we’re increasing spending now, but we’re going to trade it off because we’re getting spending cuts later on.’ No, that never works. We always increase spending and we have to fight tooth and nail to get cuts later. No, we want controlled spending and we want it right now.”
Bryson goes on to give his take on why Ryan has proceeded this way. “Ryan has found a way to increase revenue and not raise taxes and he thinks it’ll help balance out the budget in the long run…he wants to get to a balanced budget which we clearly don’t have.”
“Problem is that giving them spending increases on pet projects is not the way to balance the budget,” Bryson said. “The way to balance the budget is that if you need to increase revenue, close tax loopholes. And then you cut spending. What he’s [Ryan] done is increased spending and increased revenue, not by closing tax loopholes, but increasing fees on things like TSA fares on airline tickets, increasing taxes on cell phone bills and actually extending sequester cuts on Medicare (presently at 2% to hospitals and providers).”
Has Ryan gone back on his words? In 2011, right after passing the Budget Control Act that was intended to rein in spending while avoiding a debt ceiling crisis, the congressman from Wisconsin said, “The Budget Control Act represents a victory for those committed to controlling government spending and growing our economy.”
In a June 13, 2013 report from the Congressional Research Service titled “Budget Sequestration’ and Selected Program Exemptions and Special Rules,” it shows the BCA was clear when it held that “spending reductions in FY2014 through FY2021 will occur through a reduction of the discretionary spending limits established under Title I of the BCA and a sequestration of nonexempt mandatory spending.” And this, “sequestration in FY2014 and later years will affect mandatory spending only, unless the lowered discretionary spending limits are breached.”
Now, two years later, and just two days before Congress goes home for the holidays, the House of Representatives is poised to breach discretionary spending limits by passing a new budget deal, and is going against the original notion that putting a tourniquet on a bleeding deficit problem was better than attaching a cheap band-aid to the wound.