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House Freedom Caucus Charts Path Forward on Debt Ceiling with “Shrink Washington, Grow America” Plan

Posted on Friday, March 10, 2023
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WASHINGTON — As President Biden continues to lead America into fiscal insolvency, the Members of the House Freedom Caucus have adopted an official position to chart a path forward on the debt ceiling. The HFC “Shrink Washington, Grow America” framework entails significant cuts to current spending, long-term caps on future spending, and major policy changes and reforms to the wasteful, woke, and weaponized federal bureaucracy.

“The Members of the House Freedom Caucus will consider voting to raise the debt ceiling contingent upon the enactment of legislation to:

Cut current spending by ending President Biden’s $400 billion student loan bailout; rescinding all unobligated, unspent COVID-19 funds; recouping the $80 billion in IRS expansion funds, as well as billions of wasteful climate change spending in the so-called “Inflation Reduction Act;” and finding every dollar spent by Democrats that can be reclaimed for the American taxpayer.

Cap future spending by setting topline discretionary spending at the FY2022 level for 10 years, allowing for 1% annual growth. Doing so will cut $131 billion in FY2024 and save roughly $3 trillion over the long term by cutting the wasteful, woke, and weaponized federal bureaucracy. Furthermore, this enables Congress to use the appropriations process to address the many abuses and disasters caused by the Biden Administration, such as the chaos on the southern border, COVID vaccine mandates and discrimination policies, and the unconstitutional “pistol brace” ATF rule. Importantly, 10-year spending caps at the FY2022 level puts our budget on the path to balance while protecting Social Security retirement and Medicare benefits.

Grow the economy by enacting major policy changes and reforms to the wasteful, woke, and weaponized federal bureaucracy, including but not limited to:

  • Curtailing burdensome regulations by requiring congressional approval under the REINS Act;
  • Unleashing the production of reliable domestic energy by ending federal regulations and subsidies; 
  • Restoring Clinton-era work requirements on welfare programs; and
  • Passing a pre-emptive Continuing Resolution with non-defense discretionary spending restored to the pre-COVID FY2019 level to force Congress to pass appropriations in a timely manner.”
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rrr
rrr
11 months ago

The house freedom caucus is a bunch of hateful thugs who hate freedom.

Ladybug
Ladybug
11 months ago

Hallelujah!! Go HFC! Stop the idiotic spending of our money and get our budget balance! And please continue to help us seniors! Stop with all the freebies for illegal aliens!

Annie
Annie
11 months ago

This direction sounds darn good to me!

tlanger
tlanger
11 months ago

And my prayers go with you! It is this kind of thing that gives me hope we’ll someday have a sane Congress, White House.

Chris Karl
Chris Karl
11 months ago

Where was the GOP outrage when Trump exploded the debt and deficit? Or the Sainted Reagan did?

Sue
Sue
11 months ago

About time! Stand firm! Make it happen.

Reaganfan1000
Reaganfan1000
11 months ago

The GOP was always for small government but now with Trump and DeSantis dominating everything is for as big a government as the democrats. The old school small government GOP members are now being accused of being RINOs. Are Trump and DeSantis trying to hand the country over to liberal democrats?

David Millikan
David Millikan
11 months ago

Excellent article.

PaulE
PaulE
11 months ago

Nothing wrong with what is being proposed. However, Team Biden has NO INTEREST in enacting any sort of pro-growth agenda that entails shrinking the size and scope of the federal government. That is just reality. Socialists and Marxists view an expansive, all powerful and unrestricted government as an absolute “must have” for the formation of the sort of Marxist Utopia the left seeks to create in this country. Until the American people understand that there is no middle ground between a free market orientated economy, where the government fears the people, and one based on total control by a select, small group of leftist ideologues, who rule by edicts, we will just be keep repeating this same dialogue expecting the left to “be reasonable” and meet us halfway. They won’t, because by ignoring us, they are simply ramming through whatever they want and face no real resistance or consequences from us on the other side.

Last year’s $1.7 trillion dollar omnibus bill, that was passed with the assistance of Mitch McConnell and other Globalist RINOs in the Senate, established a new baseline budget for the United States based on the insane spending levels over the last 2 years. We went from a normal baseline of $4.4 trillion dollars a year to now $6.3 trillion as the new baseline from which all future budgets will be calculated. That’s a permanent uplift in federal spending going forward for those of you that don’t understand how the federal budget process works. Biden’s just released proposed federal budget and associated new taxes and regulations reflects our new fiscal reality. Which is an anti-growth agenda where the Democrats just want to spend more and more on all manner of “progressive” programs and societal changes until they completely confiscate the total accumulated private wealth of the nation. We will be running trillion-dollar deficits each and every year going forward, with our national debt exploding upward until our economy finally collapses by 2034 or 2035.

HFS
HFS
11 months ago

Amen, Amen!

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