federal budget

Debt fight 'blindsides' Congress?

The Boehner – Ryan policy of governing via continuing resolution means that federal spending remains on auto-pilot, with no opportunity – other than the debt ceiling vote – for conservatives to have any chance of cutting spending.

Conservatives fume over 'complete' spending concession to Democrats

Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner

Republicans, fearful of cable news networks activating their government shutdown clocks, made no real effort to include conservative priorities, such as the border wall, that Democrats pledged to reject. Instead, individual GOP lawmakers were left to tout smaller victories in the bill that serve their constituents.

Nothing Really Bad Happens When There’s a Gov’t Shutdown

Daniel Mitchell, CNS News

The bottom line is that even though I almost always cheer for a government shutdown, I’ll be sitting on the sidelines for this fight. But if Trump and congressional Republicans at some point decide to fight for much-needed spending restraint (a naive hope, I realize), then I’ll be the first to cheer if that battle leads to a shutdown.

Budget cuts need to include entitlements

Editors, Washington Examiner

Cutting federal spending is important, and Trump has pledged "big league" cuts. Sadly, there is a reason to doubt that he will do so, because most spending (63 percent last year) is on entitlement programs such as Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare, and he has made them sacrosanct.

Why Not Make Sanctuary Cities Pay For The Border Wall?

According to our friends at openthebooks.com “sanctuary cities” extort almost $27 billion from American taxpayers to pursue their unconstitutional scheme to nullify the immigration laws passed by Congress. Withholding federal funds from just two of them would more than pay for the wall in just one year, and the rest would be gravy for the taxpayers of jurisdictions whose elected officials follow the Constitution and the laws passed by Congress.

Coalition to Reduce Spending Launching "What’s my Congressman’s Number?"

The Coalition to Reduce Spending has created “What’s my Congressman’s Number,” a new project for spending accountability. When it launches in 2017, everyday Americans will be able to view, in real time, how much money their Representatives and Senators are spending.

FedUp PAC Poll: Conservatives Say “No” to Paul Ryan’s Puerto Rico Bailout

The Puerto Rico bailout had been expected to pass the House last week but was delayed when conservatives objected that it would allow Puerto Rico to refuse to pay almost half of its debt.  Conservatives also oppose any taxpayer bailout, which Speaker Paul Ryan and the GOP leadership have mentioned as another possibility.

Memo to House Republicans: Ryan’s Agenda Will Help Trump and Cruz

Speaker Ryan is completely tone deaf to what is driving the outsider candidacies of Ted Cruz and Donald Trump. They are not winning the Republican Primaries by campaigning against Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders – they are winning by campaigning against Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Reince Priebus and the rest of the feckless, principle-free Capitol Hill Republican leaders. Ryan’s plan for this year’s budget will only fuel their candidacies.

Obama Throws Down The Gauntlet: GOP Leaders Pre-Surrender

Republican leaders will talk a good game for the next year, but don’t expect Obama to leave office with his agenda unfinished, because, as we explain here, Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell have already “pre-surrendered.”

It’s Time To Call BS on Texas GOP Rep. John Culberson

This is going to play out exactly the same way Rep. Culberson’s cynical lies about stopping Obama's executive amnesty played out. Culberson will bluster, he will threaten, he may even hold a hearing or two, but absolutely nothing Obama does on guns is going to change because Culberson has already funded everything Obama plans to do right through September 2016. Please sign our open letter to Capitol Hill Republican leaders, tell them "If you won't stand with us to defend our Second Amendment rights, why should we stand with you on Election Day?"

Obama’s Gun Grab: To Protect Our Liberty We Need More Congressmen Like Mo Brooks

Republican "leaders" gave away their only leverage against Obama when they passed the Omnibus appropriations bill and funded his entire agenda for the rest of his term, and none of them have actually attacked the basic premise of his actions – that government can and should restrict or ban the possession of firearms by ordinary Americans. Leave eloquently opposing that proposition to Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama. Sign our open letter to Capitol Hill Republican leaders, tell them "If you won't stand with us to defend our Second Amendment rights, why should we stand with you on Election Day?"

Thank Paul Ryan For Obama’s Gun Grab

When the details and the text of Obama’s gun grab become public don’t blame Obama – blame Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and the spineless Capitol Hill Republicans who elected them, passed the Omnibus, and empowered Obama to spend his last year in office attacking constitutional liberty, stripping you of your rights and fundamentally changing America. Click the link to sign our open letter to Capitol Hill Republicans, tell Ryan and McConnell "If you won't stand with us to defend our Second Amendment rights, why should we stand with you on Election Day?"

New Poll: 84% of Americans Say “NO” To Middle East Immigration

A nationwide survey of 2016 likely general election voters conducted by McLaughlin & Associates for our friends at SecureAmericaNow.org finds that more than 4 out of 5 voters, 84%, categorize immigration from the Middle East to the United States as “Dangerous.”

Rand Paul: Left and Right Have Made Unholy Alliance to Explode the Debt

CNSNews.com Staff

Before the Senate voted on Friday for a budget deal that eliminates any legal limit on the federal government’s debt until March 16, 2017, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky gave a speech on the floor saying that the right and left in Congress came together in “an unholy alliance to explode the debt.”

GOP Preps New Attack Plan for Obamacare

David Nather, Politico

Jeff Sessions wants to focus on OCare’s impact on the deficit. He’s likely to get a lot of mileage out of a Budget Comm. Repub. staff analysis last month that concluded the law will increase the budget deficit by $131 billion over 10 years.

Priebus: R's Should Use Budget To Block O’s Amnesty

Neil Munro, Daily Caller

RNC chairman Reince Priebus is stepping up his advocacy for budget curbs that would block the president from awarding work permits to millions of illegal immigrants.

McConnell Urged to Repeal Obamacare with Budget Move

Rebecca Shabad, The Hill

Conservatives demand that Sen. Repubs. pass a full repeal of OCare next year, even it if means a veto. With Sen. Dems likely to filibuster any stand-alone repeal bill, conservatives say Mitch McConnell should use a procedural maneuver (reconciliation) to push through a bill with 51 votes.

Get Ready for McConnell vs. Conservatives in Lame Duck Session

Alexander Bolton, The Hill

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) wants to get all must-pass legislation completed in the lame-duck session, but likely would face opposition from conservative lawmakers who want to block any nonemergency measures until 2015.

House Guts IRS Budget, Blocks Bonuses

Tristyn Bloom, Daily Caller

The House voted to block performance bonuses for senior IRS execs. “Giving out bonuses is ludicrous and amounts to a slap in the face to the American public,” said Rep. Paul Gosar. “They should not be given performance awards in the wake of one of the largest scandals in recent history.”

Congress Fakes Frugality While Uncle Sam Bankrupts America

Mulcting is a word you don't see very often. Read on to learn a new word that perfectly expresses what is going on in the Paul Ryan-John Boehner-Eric Cantor budget betrayal.