Vote YES on 2018 House Budget Resolution as Reported by Committee and RSC Budget

October 4, 2017

U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Representative,

You will soon vote on several different budget proposals for fiscal year (FY) 2018.  On behalf of the more than one million members and supporters of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), I urge you to support the budget resolution as reported by the House Budget Committee and the Republican Study Committee’s (RSC) budget resolution, both of which would put the nation back on the path to fiscal sanity and pave the way for comprehensive, pro-growth tax reform.

Under the leadership of Chairman Diane Black (R-Tenn.), H. Con. Res. 71, as reported by the House Budget Committee, would reduce spending by $6.5 trillion over 10 years and balance the budget by 2027.  H. Con Res. 71 provides reconciliation instructions for fundamental tax reform that, if enacted, will allow Americans to keep more of their money, simplify the filing of taxes, and allow small businesses to boost wages and create jobs.  While H. Con. Res. 71 would increase defense spending above Budget Control Act mandated cap levels, this legislation also calls for $203 billion in spending cuts across various programs and a $700 billion reduction in improper payments.

The RSC budget enacts many of the same reforms as the House Budget Committee’s plan, but it proposes to reduce government spending by $10 trillion over 10 years and achieves balance in six years.  The RSC plan creates a pathway for tax reform; repeals and replaces Obamacare; makes Social Security solvent; rescues Medicare and disability insurance; and decreases FY 2018 non-discretionary spending to $394 billion.

Tax reform presents an historic opportunity to unleash the economic potential of the American people.  While Congress is well-positioned to enact tax reform, that cannot occur until a budget resolution with reconciliation instructions is adopted.  I urge you to support both the House Budget Committee’s FY 2018 budget resolution as reported and the RSC’s FY 2018 budget resolution.  All votes on the FY 2018 budget resolutions will be among those considered in CCAGW’s 2017 Congressional Ratings.

Sincerely,

Tom Schatz
President, CCAGW

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