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AFP’s Spotlight on Appropriations – Fiscal Year 2013

April 01, 2012 J

In March the House of Representatives, under the leadership of Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), passed a budget blueprint that calls for $15 billion in cuts to discretionary spending this year. Certainly more significant spending cuts are needed to get Washington’s spending problem under control.

But consider this: even the Ryan budget’s moderate level of cuts will go unrealized unless lawmakers on the Appropriations Committee actually put them into place. Unfortunately, the Ryan budget is just a blueprint – appropriators can ignore its suggested cuts all together when they craft the 12 appropriations bills that govern funding for federal agencies. (For more on how the federal budget process works and where appropriations fit in, see AFP Foundation’s Need to Know memo on the topic.)

Appropriations – Fiscal Year 2013

April 01, 2012

In March the House of Representatives, under the leadership of Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), passed a budget blueprint that calls for $15 billion in cuts to discretionary spending this year. Certainly more significant spending cuts are needed to get Washington’s spending problem under control.

But consider this: even the Ryan budget’s moderate level of cuts will go unrealized unless lawmakers on the Appropriations Committee actually put them into place. Unfortunately, the Ryan budget is just a blueprint – appropriators can ignore its suggested cuts all together when they craft the 12 appropriations bills that govern funding for federal agencies. (For more on how the federal budget process works and where appropriations fit in, see AFP Foundation’s Need to Know memo on the topic.)

Congress Unanimously Rejects President Obama’s Budget … Again

March 29, 2012 J

For the second time in as many years, not a single member of the President’s own party was willing to vote for his budget.

Last night the House of Representatives voted, 414-0, to reject the President’s budget proposal. Yes, you read that right: even the most liberal members of Congress voted against it, including former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), cap-and-trade co-authors Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Ed Markey (D-MA), and the man responsible for the damaging Dodd-Frank financial overhaul, Barney Frank (D-MA). This sad performance follows up a unanimous 97-0 rejection of the President’s budget last year in the Senate.

Letter of Support: Paul Ryan’s 2013 Budget Resolution

March 22, 2012 J

Dear Chairman Ryan,

On behalf of more than 1.9 million Americans for Prosperity activists in all 50 states, I applaud you for introducing a smart and serious budget blueprint for fiscal year 2013. Your budget tackles the fiscal crisis in Washington head on and offers our country a future of lower spending, lower taxes, and lower debt than what the President proposed in February.

For decades the size and scope of the federal government has grown without restraint, leading us into the mess of massive debts that we see today. As you have rightly pointed out, if we stay on our current path government spending will consume an ever larger share of our economy and the public debt will continue to climb rapidly to unconscionable and unsustainable levels. Such government excess will be a huge drag on our economy and the prospects of future generations.

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