Loading...

Blue Dogs Press Budget Committee to Produce a Budget

March 6, 2020 by Dan McCue
Blue Dogs Press Budget Committee to Produce a Budget
The U.S. Capitol. Feb. 4, 2020. (Photo by Dan McCue)

WASHINGTON – The Blue Dog Coalition is calling on the House Budget Committee to live up to its name and produce a budget this year, in spite of the fact spending caps have been set through the end of the 2021 fiscal year.

In a letter sent to Budget Committee Chairman, Rep. John Yarmouth, of Kentucky, the coalition argues producing an annual budget is a necessary first step toward reducing the nearly $1 trillion federal deficit and a national debt that currently stands at an unprecedented $23 trillion.

Given that context, “the American people cannot afford for the Budget Committee to abandon its responsibility to produce a budget,” the coalition said.

The letter’s authors note that Congress has not passed a broadly bipartisan budget resolution since the 1990s, a time when the nation was on the path to producing a budget surplus.

“Since that time, both parties have been guilty of passing budgets—or producing no budgets at all—that have contributed to rising budget deficits,” they said.

The key to reversing the budgetary course and achieving a budget again is both parties working together, they contend.

“A lack of fiscal discipline has resulted in greater payments on interest incurred on the national debt than investments in our kids,” the authors wrote. As our country continues to face challenges, from fixing our crumbling infrastructure to addressing climate change, skyrocketing interest payments on the debt will limit our ability to make those necessary investments if we do not address this problem.

“Not only is that fiscally irresponsible, it is morally reprehensible to saddle our children and grandchildren with those interest bills and debt,” they said.

The lead authors of the letter were Reps. Ben McAdams, of Utah, and Ed Case, of Hawaii, co-chairs of the Blue Dog Task Force on Fiscal Responsibility & Government Reform.

Also signing the letter were Reps. Stephanie Murphy, of Florida, Tom O’Halleran, of Arizona, Lou Correa, of California, Anthony Brindisi, of New York, and Kurt Schrader, of Oregon, all members of the coalition’s leadership.

Blue Dog members signing the letter included Reps. Sanford Bishop, of Georgia, Jim Costa, of California, Joe Cunningham, of South Carolina, Vicente Gonzalez, of Texas, Josh Gottheimer, of New Jersey, Kendra Horn, of Oklahoma, Daniel Lipinski, of Illinois, David Scott, of Georgia, Abigail Spanberger, of Virginia, and Xochitl Torres Small, of New Mexico.

“Although the budget process has not worked as intended under both Republican and Democratic majorities over the past two decades, we firmly believe that now is the time for Democrats to lead an effort to get our fiscal house in order,” they wrote. “We urge you to bring forward a budget this year to spur important bipartisan conversations about how we can get out of this fiscal mess.”

In The News

Health

Voting

Federal Budget

September 30, 2022
by Dan McCue
Party Line House Vote Keeps Govt. Open Through Dec. 16

WASHINGTON — The House approved a short-term stopgap spending bill Friday, averting a partial shutdown of the government that could... Read More

WASHINGTON — The House approved a short-term stopgap spending bill Friday, averting a partial shutdown of the government that could have begun at midnight. The 230-201 vote in the Democratic-led House was largely along party lines. The so-called continuing resolution passed the Senate by a 75-25... Read More

September 6, 2022
by Dan McCue
The Sprint Is On: So Much to Do, So Little Time

WASHINGTON — With Labor Day weekend now in the rearview mirror, Congress began to reconvene on Capitol Hill on Tuesday... Read More

WASHINGTON — With Labor Day weekend now in the rearview mirror, Congress began to reconvene on Capitol Hill on Tuesday with much to do and little time to do it before the midterm elections are in full swing. The Senate returned from its August recess Tuesday... Read More

August 16, 2022
by Dan McCue
Budget Hawk Fears Prescription Drug Rebate Will Become Fiscal Gimmick

WASHINGTON — A key compromise to ensure the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act could result in substantially less savings... Read More

WASHINGTON — A key compromise to ensure the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act could result in substantially less savings than was promised and may well wind up being nothing more than a “budget gimmick” in the hands of future lawmakers, a well-known Washington budget hawk... Read More

AP FACT CHECK: GOP Skews Budget Bill’s Impact on IRS, Taxes

Republican politicians and candidates are distorting how a major economic bill passed over the weekend by the Senate would reform the IRS... Read More

Republican politicians and candidates are distorting how a major economic bill passed over the weekend by the Senate would reform the IRS and affect taxes for the middle class. The “ Inflation Reduction Act,” which awaits a House vote after passing in the Senate on Sunday, would increase the ranks of... Read More

July 27, 2022
by Dan McCue
One-Two Punch of Economic News Has Budget Hawks Calling for Action

WASHINGTON — The Congressional Budget Office released a long-term economic forecast on Wednesday that has the national debt rising to... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Congressional Budget Office released a long-term economic forecast on Wednesday that has the national debt rising to 185% of gross domestic product in 2052, with interest payments to cover that debt poised to quadruple as a share of the economy within the next... Read More

May 13, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Space is the Future for National Defense, Military Officials Tell Congressional Panel

WASHINGTON — Space was described as the final frontier for defending the United States against weapons of mass destruction from... Read More

WASHINGTON — Space was described as the final frontier for defending the United States against weapons of mass destruction from China and Russia at a congressional hearing Friday. Leading the U.S. defense effort is the Space Force, a new branch of the military that seeks to... Read More

News From The Well