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  • House Should Pass Appropriations Bills
    Posted in Commentary on June 11, 2013 | Preview rr

    This month, the House is writing appropriations bills for fiscal 2014. And it’s a crucial step. The budget resolution House Republicans passed in March outlined our vision for the country; it enunciated our principles. But these appropriations bills will put our principles into action. If we pass them, we’ll cut spending the right way. And we’ll reroute funding from yesterday’s priorities to today’s. The budget resolution is our overall spending plan. It says how much money the federal governmen... Read more

  • The GOP Plan to Balance the Budget by 2023
    Posted in Commentary on March 12, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy / Financial , FY 2014 House Budget

    America's national debt is over $16 trillion. Yet Washington can't figure out how to cut $85 billion—or just 2% of the federal budget—without resorting to arbitrary, across-the-board cuts. Clearly, the budget process is broken. In four of the past five years, the president has missed his budget deadline. Senate Democrats haven't passed a budget in over 1,400 days. By refusing to tackle the drivers of the nation's debt—or simply to write a budget—Washington lurches from crisis to crisis. House Re... Read more

  • Military-Crippling Sequester Must Be Stopped
    Posted in Commentary on May 9, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy / Financial , Defense

    Last year, as the federal government approached a limit on how much it could legally borrow, the Obama administration asked Congress to rubber-stamp an increase in the government's borrowing authority without any spending cuts to match. When House Republicans made clear that any increase in the debt limit must be accompanied by an even greater amount of spending reduction, the President insisted that he would not accept a debt-limit deal that did not include large tax increases on American famil... Read more

  • Medicare: Two paths, two futures
    Posted in Commentary on May 4, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security , Taxes, Economy / Financial

    President Obama and his party's leaders have suffered a string of bad weeks. Deliberations at the U.S. Supreme Court raised serious questions about whether the president's massive health care takeover could ever be compatible with our constitutional republic of limited and separated powers. The press exposed yet another attempt by his administration to hide the true cost of that takeover until the election by using a slush fund to delay its true consequences for seniors from being felt. And in t... Read more

  • The GOP Budget and America's Future
    Posted in Commentary on March 19, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security , Taxes, Economy / Financial

    Less than a year ago, the House of Representatives passed a budget that took on our generation's greatest domestic challenge: reforming and modernizing government to prevent an explosion of debt from crippling our nation and robbing our children of their future. Absent reform, government programs designed in the middle of the 20th century cannot fulfill their promises in the 21st century. It is a mathematical and demographic impossibility. And we said so. We assumed there would be some who would... Read more

  • Government Must Refocus Its Safety Net to Those in Need
    Posted in Commentary on March 5, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security , Taxes, Economy / Financial

    Late last year, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a study on changes in the distribution of household income in America from 1979 to 2007. This study offered fresh insight into an intensifying debate in Washington and across America over income inequality—what causes it, how do government policies affect it, and what should policymakers do about it? One underreported conclusion from the CBO study is that shifts in government transfer payments have contributed to increasing inequalit... Read more

  • Obama’s dereliction of duty
    Posted in Commentary on February 16, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security , Taxes, Economy / Financial

    President Obama has delivered the last budget of his term. Three of the four, including this one, were submitted late, shattering the previous record for an administration. Each of the four proposed more than $1 trillion in higher taxes on hard-working families and businesses, along with trillions in new spending and borrowing instead of a real strategy for growth and jobs. And — most disappointing of all — none of the four offered a credible plan to lift the crushing burden of debt, thus commit... Read more

  • A Bipartisan Way Forward on Medicare
    Posted in Commentary on December 14, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security , Economy / Financial

    Few issues draw more heated partisan rhetoric than the future of Medicare. Seniors are a reliable and powerful voting bloc, and both Republicans and Democrats are guilty of exploiting Medicare to frighten and entice voters. But turning discussions of Medicare's future into the third rail of American politics does nothing to guarantee that Medicare will continue to be a lifeline for America's seniors. So, before the partisan attacks begin to escalate and the 2012 election ads start to air, we are... Read more

  • Getting America out of deep debt
    Posted in Commentary on December 12, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Economy / Financial

    For three straight years, the U.S. government has run trillion-dollar deficits. In total, the nation has recently surpassed $15 trillion in debt — a number that continues to rise. For nearly 1,000 days, the Democrat-led Senate has refused to write a budget while Washington continues to careen from one budget crisis to another. This is a stark reality for a nation already facing tremendous economic challenges, and it is the strongest argument and impetus for the series of budget-process reforms r... Read more

  • Line-item veto would help slash wasteful spending
    Posted in Commentary on December 1, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Economy / Financial

    In Wisconsin, congressional leaders have a long tradition of putting partisanship aside to solve problems. In recent years, I’ve upheld this tradition by teaming with Janesville native and former Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold to advance legislation providing the president with a line-item veto to cut wasteful spending from the federal government’s bloated budget. It’s a straightforward concept that has received bipartisan support, and I was encouraged to introduce it again earlier this week with... Read more