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Republican Study Committee (RSC) Balanced Budget Plan

Posted on: March 16, 2011

Republican Study Committee (RSC) – The Caucus of House Conservatives.

This plan may see the light of day since the Republicans now control the House.  That is, it may see the light IF the Old Dogs have the guts to get off of their status quo bottoms!   The main criticism of this proposal is that defense isn’t cut.  It seems to me that with the United States involved in two wars and umpteen “hot spots”  cutting the defense budget is not  sane.  Of course there are many ways the defense department can be made more efficient and the Inspector General for the Defense Department should have more control given to cut  non-productive programs and stop waste.  We Americans should never forget that the world is becoming more and more dangerous as more countries  join the Nuclear Club.

Please you must read the  Additional Information listed below in order to get full understanding of this and other budget proposals. BB

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FY 2011 RSC Budget Plan

Though the Democrats haven’t introduced theirs, we’ve introduced ours.

The RSC has introduced a balanced budget plan (H.Con.Res. 281) that achieves surpluses in 2019 and 2020, and improves the budget outlook in every single year.  The RSC Budget would propose $6.4 trillion less debt than President Obama’s budget.

TAX RELIEF

  • $1.7 Trillion of Tax Relief Over the Next Five Years:  The RSC budget accommodates making permanent the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, and making permanent the AMT “patch,” and includes none of the tax increases proposed by President Obama or congressional Democrats.

DISCRETIONARY SPENDING POLICY

  • Returns to FY 2008 Spending Levels:  The RSC budget proposes that overall discretionary spending resources return to the FY 2008 levels that were in effect less than two years ago.  Overall discretionary spending resources would be frozen at that level until the budget is balanced in 2019. Within this amount, the RSC budget assumes defense will be fully-funded.

MANDATORY SPENDING POLICY

  • Social Security:   Makes NO changes to current law.   Social Security spending increases from $612 billion in FY 2008 to $1.2 trillion in FY 2020.
  • Medicare:  Provides spending increases equivalent to economic growth (the 1995 Contract with America budget included a similar policy). Medicare spending increases from $385 billion in 2008 to $622 billion in 2020.
  • Medicaid:  Provides spending increases equivalent to inflation (the 1995 Contract with America budget included this proposal).  Medicaid spending increases from $201 billion in FY 2008 to $255 billion in FY 2020.
  • Wasteful, Unnecessary, or Lower-Priority Mandatory Spending:  Requires each committee to find savings equal to one percent of total mandatory spending under its jurisdiction from activities that are determined to be wasteful, unnecessary, or lower-priority.
  • Repeal Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP):  Prohibits further obligations under the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), saving taxpayers $36 billion.
  • Other Reforms Provided For:  Provides for medical liability reform, freedom to purchase healthcare across state lines, opens ANWR to leasing, repeals Davis-Bacon Act, ends taxpayer funding of presidential campaigns, reforms federal retiree benefits, reforms food stamp spending, and sells a small percentage of federal assets.
  • Repeal of Government Health Care Takeover:  The RSC budget assumes repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as well as the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act.


Additional Information:
FY 2011 RSC Budget:  A Balanced Budget for America
Projected Annual Deficits Chart
FY 2011 RSC Budget – One Page Summary
FY 2011 RSC Budget – Two Page Summary
H.Con.Res. 281 – Text

Support from the American Conservative Union
Support from Americans for Limited Government
Support from Americans for Prosperity

Support from American Solutions
Support from Americans for Tax Reform
Support from the Club for Growth
Additional Support from the Club for Growth
Additional Support from the Club for Growth
Support from Citizens Against Government Waste
Support from Freedom Works
Support from the Heritage Foundation
Support from the National Taxpayers Union

Chairman Price Op-Ed in The Hill:  Stop Reckless Spending
Chairman Price and Rep. Jordan Op-Ed in Investor’s Business Daily
Wall Street Journal: GOP Proposes Brave Budget
The Hill:  Dems Won’t Pass Budget in 2010
Red State:  A Tale of Budget Cowardice…and Courage
ResistNet: Contact Congress and Demand Consideration of the RSC Budget
Kiowa County Signal: If You Can’t Budget, You Can’t Govern

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