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Why Appropriations Are Not A Budget Resolution

Congress has to pass a budget resolution if it is to reform entitlements, set limits on discretionary spending, or consider a tax reform bill under expedited procedures of reconciliation.

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Highlighting Waste, Fraud and Abuse: the FCC's Lifeline Program

Not surprisingly, when GAO sampled 3.5 million Lifeline subscribers, it could not verify the eligibility of more than a third of them – some 1.2 million households. In an undercover test using fictitious names and documentation, GAO gained approval for Lifeline service from 12 of 19 providers contacted.

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The Hazardous Trend of Uncontrolled Spending

Direct spending excluding interest totaled $2.4 trillion in fiscal year 2016 and will nearly double to $4.3 trillion by 2027, according to the Congressional Budget Office [CBO]. This is the principal source of the Nation’s growing national debt, which now stands at $19.9 trillion – greater than the size of the entire economy.

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