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June 14, 2024

Via Fox Business: Social Security Payments Will Be Cut $325 Per Month by 2033 Without Changes

Yesterday, the House Budget Committee held an oversight hearing Sounding the Alarm on the looming insolvency threat to the Social Security and Medicare trust funds. The Chief Actuary for the Social Security Administration and the Chief Actuary for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services testified before the committee for the first time in 12 years about their respective safety net programs which are both on the path to insolvency unless action is taken. An article today in Fox … Continue Reading


May 31, 2024

Via Forbes: The Per-Household Cost of Federal Spending and Regulation

     Our country is on an unsustainable fiscal path. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the federal debt now exceeds $34 trillion, equating to over $200,000 per taxpayer. CBO additionally estimates that over the next decade, deficits will double, adding another $20 trillion to the national debt. This nation’s declining fiscal trajectory will impact the lives of all Americans. Most, however, are unaware of this rapid deterioration or what it means for them. The House Budget … Continue Reading


May 22, 2024

The Daily Signal: Bipartisan Proposals Would Hold Presidents Accountable for ‘Improper’ Payments

Last week, the House Budget Committee ordered reported two pieces of bipartisan legislation aimed at reining in improper payments within the federal government.  Improper payments pose an immense threat to the fiscal state of this nation. According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), improper payments are “payments that should not have been made or were made in the incorrect amount.” Since reporting began in 2003, the federal government has made $2.7 trillion in improper … Continue Reading


May 16, 2024

Interest Costs Surpass National Defense and Medicare Spending

            Halfway into Fiscal Year 2024, and the United States is now spending more on net interest payments than on national defense and Medicare.  Last Friday, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget issued a piece highlighting that our Nation has spent more on net interest payments than both national defense and Medicare so far in Fiscal Year 2024.    House Budget Committee Chairman Jodey Arrington (R-TX) continues to Sound the Alarm on rising interest payments spent to finance … Continue Reading


May 13, 2024

Washington Times: the Border Crisis Costs Taxpayers $150 Billion and Counting

On Wednesday, May 8, the House Budget Committee held a hearing entitled “The Cost of the Border Crisis.”The hearing focused on the cost of the crisis at our southern border at the federal, state, and local levels.  In a recent interview with The Washington Times, House Budget Committee Chairman Jodey Arrington (R-TX) highlighted the need to secure the border and to examine the true “Cost of the Border Crisis.” Word on the Street:  Via The Washington Times:  “The total net cost to the … Continue Reading


May 02, 2024

House Budget’s Health Care Task Force Calls for Investigation into Cost of Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation

The House Budget Committee Chairman Jodey Arrington (R-TX) and Health Care Task Force Chair, Michael C. Burgess, M.D. sent a letter to Comptroller General Gene Dodaro of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting an investigation on the cost of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) and their fiscal impact on the federal budget.  Established by Obamacare with the intent of saving taxpayer money, CMMI has failed to create budgetary savings and instead has … Continue Reading


May 02, 2024

Winston Group Survey Says: Inflation Fears Flare Again

The worse-than-expected economic indicators for the first quarter of 2024 sent shockwaves through the economy and for consumers, shattering widespread hope for an imminent cut to interest rates, previously teased by Federal Reserve Chair, Jerome Powell.  The Winston Group (WG), a strategic planning and survey research firm, issued their findings from a survey that revealed “60% of respondents now believe inflation is worsening,” a sharp increase from just a few months ago. Here is … Continue Reading


May 02, 2024

President Biden’s Student Loan Scheme Could Cost Taxpayers $1.4 Trillion

President Biden’s continued student loan “cancellation” scheme not only incentivizes skyrocketing tuition but also punishes working-class taxpayers, exacerbating our nation’s debt and deficit crisis in the process. A new analysis from the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB) projects that President Biden’s student loan cancellation plans could cost taxpayers a combined $870 billion to $1.4 trillion.[1] Word on the Street:  Via CRFB: “To put $870 billion to $1.4 trillion in … Continue Reading


April 29, 2024

The Perils of Drug Price Controls

House Budget Committee Chairman Jodey C. Arrington (R-TX) and the House Budget Committee’s Health Care Task Force (HCTF) Chair Michael C. Burgess M.D. (R-TX) have long cautioned against expanding the so-called Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) Medicare drug price controls before understanding the true impact of these policies on patient access to new cures and therapies.  Responding to the House Budget Committee HCTF’s work, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) published a blog post requesting … Continue Reading


April 24, 2024

WSJ Editorial Board: States Push Back on Biden’s Student Loan ‘Forgiveness’ Schemes

Since taking office, President Biden has attempted to “cancel” more than $1 trillion worth of student loan debt - all without approval from Congress. One of these cancellation schemes, the so-called “SAVE Plan,” was unveiled after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Biden Administration’s $330 billion student loan bailout as unconstitutional last summer.  Implementation of the “SAVE Plan” is now being legally challenged by 18 states.  The Wall Street Journal’s Editorial Board breaks down this … Continue Reading


April 22, 2024

Bipartisan, Former HHS Secretaries: Congress Should Adopt Site Neutral Payments for Health Care

Last week, former Secretaries of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and Kathleen G. Sebelius, who served under Presidents Trump and Obama respectively, wrote a piece in STAT News calling on Congress to pass site neutral payment reform in Medicare, which would save taxpayers billions and reduce out-of-pocket costs for patients. Currently, Medicare reimburses hospital outpatient departments at a higher rate than independent physician offices for the same health care services. Site neutral … Continue Reading


April 19, 2024

Policy Leaders for Former Presidents Reagan, Obama Call on Congress to Pass the Preventive Health Savings Act

On March 19, 2024, the House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 766: The Dr. Michael C. Burgess Preventive Health Savings Act. This bill marked the first time in history that a bipartisan bill with sole Budget Committee jurisdiction passed the House under suspension of the rules.  Recently, Dan Crippen, Domestic Policy Advisor and Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy in the Reagan Administration and former Director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), and Nancy-Ann … Continue Reading


April 18, 2024

Chairman Arrington Speaks on 50th Anniversary of the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act

         Yesterday, House Budget Committee Chairman Jodey Arrington (R-TX) joined the Bipartisan Policy Center to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the landmark Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act. H.R. 7130, which became law in 1974, and established a congressional budget process that remains the framework we use today. The Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act:  Created the Congressional Budget Office, which produces analyses and estimates of economic and budgetary … Continue Reading


April 10, 2024

FAFSA Fumbles Continued: President Biden’s Student Aid Overhaul Leaves Students Stranded

      The Biden administration’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) overhaul has continued to yield one disappointing blunder after another.   Via UWorld College Prep Despite a two-year preparation period, this rollout has been plagued by a litany of errors, delays, and setbacks, which have severely hampered the ability of students and families to plan for college.  A recent Washington Examiner article outlines how this botched execution underscores the urgent need for … Continue Reading


April 09, 2024

Chairman Arrington Sounds the Alarm with the Daily Caller: Fiscal Responsibility Begins by Ending Beltway Budget Gimmicks

The House Budget Committee, under the leadership of Chairman Jodey Arrington (R-TX), is leading the way on budget process reform to get America’s fiscal house in order. This week, Chairman Arrington laid out in the Daily Caller the problem with beltway budget gimmicks and the steps needed to bring transparency and accountability to the budget process. Read his full letter below: Word on the Street, Chairman Jodey Arrington (R-TX) Via Daily Caller: Congress recently passed two mammoth … Continue Reading


April 08, 2024

President Biden's Green Agenda: A Nearly Trillion-Dollar Burden on Americans

       President Joe Biden’s environmental policy agenda comes with a price tag that our country simply cannot afford.  A daunting analysis conducted by U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Republicans shows that the cost of just a few of President Biden’s environmental proposals would clock in at more than $845 billion. U.S. consumers and businesses will face severe challenges due to these regulations, and the weight of their price will continue to cripple American taxpayers … Continue Reading


April 02, 2024

Biden’s Corporate Welfare Bonanza

            During his State of the Union address, President Biden used his time to lambast businesses for allegedly not paying “their fair share.” Specifically, he called for eliminating individual and business “tax breaks” to “make the tax code fair.” Unsurprisingly, President Biden’s policies don’t match his rhetoric. While he complains about supposed “unfair tax breaks” his administration has unleashed a gush of corporate welfare, including crony tax breaks and subsidies for his preferred … Continue Reading


April 02, 2024

FAFSA Fumbles: Biden's Failed Rewrite of Student Aid Programs

The Biden administration’s rollout of the new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) keeps getting rockier. On March 22, the Department of Education announced that roughly 200,000 student financial aid records sent to schools included errors in the data, resulting in lower aid estimates for those students than they were qualified to receive.  The issue comes after several delays in FAFSA processing wreaked havoc on the college admissions cycle, forcing many institutions to push … Continue Reading


April 01, 2024

Biden's New EPA Tailpipe Rule Penalizes American Energy Independence

On March 20, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a tailpipe vehicle emissions rule - a de facto ban on the sale of gas-powered and traditional hybrid vehicles - forcing automakers to sell more electric vehicles (EVs).  Experts and lawmakers agree: the Biden administration’s new rule will increase the cost of vehicles for the majority of Americans, only benefiting high-income earners. Word on the Street via New York Times:    “Nearly three years in the making, the new … Continue Reading


March 27, 2024

President Biden's Budget Proposal Threatens Small Businesses

           On March 11—five weeks after the statutory deadline—President Joe Biden submitted his Fiscal Year 2025 (FY25) budget request to Congress. His proposal quadruples down on the unbridled spending and failed economic policies included in his three previous budget proposals. The Biden administration proposed targeting the lifeblood of the American economy: small businesses. Rather than shrinking the size and scope of an already bloated federal government, the President’s budget proposes … Continue Reading

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