March 27, 2024

Applications for IRS Jobs ‘Far Below’ Agency Goals says Government Executive

    In August 2022, President Biden and Congressional Democrats rushed to enact their reckless tax and spending spree, the so-called Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), into law. One of the more problematic provisions included in the IRA allocated $80 billion dollars in taxpayer dollars to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in hopes of supercharging the volume of financial audits imposed on lower and middle-income Americans and small businesses. A recent report from the Treasury Inspector General … Continue Reading

March 22, 2024

House Budget Committee Holds Biden Administration Accountable at Hearing on the President’s Fiscal Year 2025 Budget Request with OMB Director Shalanda Young

On Thursday, March 21, House Budget Committee Chairman Jodey Arrington (R-TX) and members of the House Budget Committee held a hearing titled “The President’s Fiscal Year 2025 Budget Request.”  Yesterday marked an important step in Congressional oversight and holding the Biden administration accountable for its unbridled spending. OMB Director Shalanda Young provided testimony and members questioned her on contents of the President’s budget proposal. There couldn’t be a clearer contrast … Continue Reading

March 22, 2024

The Reality Behind the Rhetoric: Voters See Through Biden’s Talking Points

Members of the House Budget Committee have long been sounding the alarm on the realities of our bleak economy due to the Biden administration’s reckless spending and failed economic policies.  A WG Discussion Points article from last week sheds light on the dissonance between the White House’s economic messaging and the reality faced by the American people. Word on the Street:   Via WG: “If a message is not believable, it will not have standing with voters, and this is why much of the … Continue Reading

March 15, 2024

Biden's Health Proposals Would Expand Washington's Control and Spending

On Monday, President Joe Biden released his Fiscal Year 2025 Budget Request, which calls for a significant expansion of federal health care spending. He ignores the fact that mandatory federal health care programs are the primary drivers of the nation’s out-of-control $34 trillion debt. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) baseline shows spending on major health care programs will exceed $3.2 trillion in 2034, three times larger than the amount projected to be spent on national defense in … Continue Reading

March 12, 2024

America’s Fiscal Crisis Unveiled: CATO Calls for Urgent Fiscal Reform

       The United States continues to face a looming challenge ahead: federal spending and deficits are growing faster than revenue is coming in, far outpacing the much-needed growth of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP). The U.S. economy remains sluggish and unpredictable, consumer confidence continues to falter, and deficits ballooned by nearly $2 trillion in 2023 alone, all while the Biden Administration proposes another tranche of regressive economic policies in their FY25 budget. House … Continue Reading

March 08, 2024

House Budget Committee Passes Budget Resolution in Meaningful Step Towards Fiscal Sanity

Yesterday, Chairman Jodey Arrington (R-TX) and members of the House Budget Committee passed the concurrent resolution on the budget in a landmark achievement toward fiscal responsibility.  Yesterday marked the second time in 30 years that a budget has been passed out of committee before the President’s budget is released. Word on the Street: Chairman Jodey Arrington (R-TX): Click HERE to watch Chairman Arrington’s Opening Statement. “This fiscal framework will balance the budget in 10 … Continue Reading

March 06, 2024

PPBE Commission Releases Final Report: Defense Resourcing For The Future

      The Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution (PPBE) Commission released their final report on Wednesday, March 6th. The report reflects 24 months of research and over 400 interviews with nearly 1,100 experts from Congress, the Department of Defense (DoD), industry, academia, and research organizations. The PPBE Commission was formed on a bipartisan basis to comprehensively examine the DoD’s budgeting system and make recommendations to—in the end—improve the agility of the DoD and … Continue Reading

March 04, 2024

T-minus One Week Until Biden Drops FY2025 Budget Bomb

President Biden’s FY25 budget request is expected to drop March 11, 2024—a week from today, and 35 days after the legal deadline. In case you’ve forgotten, see below for some of the highlights from last year’s budget while we wait for the next tranche of reckless tax and spend from the Biden Administration. By the Numbers: Last year, President Biden’s FY 2024 budget request had the highest sustained levels of taxes, spending, and deficits in American history. $82 trillion in … Continue Reading

February 26, 2024

The Nation’s Capital is Suffering the Worst Crime Wave in 21st Century

      Crime in Washington, D.C. is continuing to rise at alarming rates. In the nation's capital, small businesses, residents, and even sports teams are fleeing to safer areas due to rising violence. Crime surged by nearly 40% last year, with over 270 murders, 950 carjackings, and 106 children shot—reminiscent of the 1990s crack epidemic. Via Getty Images Recently, both the Washington Capitals and the Washington Wizards made the decision to relocate their multibillion-dollar … Continue Reading

February 23, 2024

Rep Estes on America’s Fiscal Crossroads: A Call for Courageous Leadership

      America is facing a fiscal crisis on multiple fronts. Skyrocketing federal and household debt threatens to destabilize the economy and rob future generations of economic opportunity and prosperity.  Rep. Estes (R-KS) published an op-ed in Fox describing the fiscal crisis facing American families and how Washington can change course and reverse this curse.  Word on the Street Via Fox News:  America is facing new, coinciding fiscal pandemics - where household debt and government debt … Continue Reading

February 15, 2024

House Budget Committee Holds Hearing Titled “The Congressional Budget Office’s Budget and Economic Outlook"

      Yesterday the House Budget Committee held a hearing titled “The Congressional Budget Office’s Budget and Economic Outlook.” The hearing welcomed the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Director Phillip Swagel to answer questions on the recent CBO baseline while also exploring ways to improve their accuracy, transparency, and internal structure to serve the Congressional budget process better. Word on the Street: Chairman Arrington (R-TX): Click HERE to watch Chairman Arrington … Continue Reading

February 13, 2024

A Conversation with Chairman Jodey Arrington: The Potential Implications of a Fiscal Commission

      The United States faces a growing fiscal threat as the national debt continues to break its own records, climbing higher and higher.  Left unchecked, Americans face a future racked with higher interest rates, stifling inflation, less investment, decreased confidence in government securities, limited long-term economic growth, and more.  The longer Congress waits to act, the more dire this crisis becomes. With the support of policymakers, experts, and stakeholders, the House Budget … Continue Reading

February 12, 2024

House Budget Committee Takes “Meaningful Steps” Toward a More Fiscally Responsible Government

On February 6th, the House Budget Committee marked up three bipartisan bills aimed at providing more transparency and accuracy in the congressional budget process: H.R. 766, the “Dr. Michael C. Burgess Preventive Health Savings Act,” led by Representatives Michael Burgess (R-TX) and Diana DeGette (D-CO) H.R. 7032, the “Congressional Budget Office Data Sharing Act,” led by Ranking Member Brendan Boyle (D-PA) and Chairman Jodey Arrington (R-TX) H.R. 5301, the “Eliminate Useless … Continue Reading

February 12, 2024

CBO Baseline Underscores Need for Fiscal Responsibility

February 07, 2024

House Budget Committee Holds Bipartisan Markup for Budget Process Bills

      Yesterday, the House Budget Committee held a markup of the bills H.R. 766, the Preventive Health Savings Act, H.R. 7032, the Congressional Budget Office Data Sharing Act, and H.R. 5301, the Eliminate Useless Reports Act of 2023. The markup brought together members of the House Budget Committee to mark up important legislation aimed at streamlining the budget process.    Word on the Street: Chairman Jodey Arrington (R-TX) delivered opening remarks stating: “We have committed, … Continue Reading

February 06, 2024

Health Care Task Force Chair Burgess Calls for Smarter Approach to Health Care Budgeting

       The nation’s dire fiscal condition is an illness that demands strong fiscal courage to remedy. Leading the charge on this is House Budget Committee Health Care Task Force Chair Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX). As the most senior physician in Congress, Rep. Burgess has outlined his solutions for outdated budgeting practices in an Op-Ed first featured in the Washington Examiner. He has championed the need for a better analysis of preventive health care legislation, emphasizing the … Continue Reading

February 01, 2024

House Budget Committee Holds Oversight Hearing of the Congressional Budget Office

On January 31st, the House Budget Committee held an oversight hearing to assess the role of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The hearing saw Committee members from both sides of the aisle engage in an informed and thoughtful dialogue on how to improve the efficacy, accuracy, and transparency of CBO’s projections and ensure the organization has the necessary resources it needs to fulfill its critical role.  Click HERE to view the Committee’s video recap of our hearing titled “Creating a … Continue Reading

February 01, 2024

WSJ: Behind the ObamaCare Boom

       This week, The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board released a piece that examines increased enrollment in Obamacare exchange plans, noting “sweetened subsidies are attracting more takers, at taxpayer expense.” In 2021, Congressional Democrats radically expanded the generosity and eligibility of Obamacare subsides to cover up for the failure of Obamacare to control the skyrocketing cost of health insurance premiums.  With these policies, Democrats did not expand the pool of eligibility … Continue Reading

January 31, 2024

 It’s Not a Revenue Problem; It’s a Spending Problem

       The nation’s debt currently stands at more than $34 trillion. With about $5.79 billion in new debt incurred each day, it is blatantly clear that our fiscal house is not in order. Unfortunately, congressional Democrats believe the only way to tackle this growing crisis is to raise taxes on American families—many of whom are struggling to get by. Republicans and Democrats generally have two very different perspectives on how to get out of this mess. As Ronald Reagan once … Continue Reading

January 29, 2024

House Budget’s Health Care Task Force: An Incubator for New Ideas

      At the turn of the New Year, House Budget Committee Health Care Task Force (HCTF) Chair Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) sat down with The Washington Post to give an overview of the Task Force goals for the upcoming year and the Committee’s reasons for establishing this panel. See below for some highlights of Task Force Chair Burgess’ testimony.  Word on the Street Via Washington Post: “…no matter where you are, health care is the key driver of debt, and national debt is a big … Continue Reading

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