Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Bill Flores (R-Texas) last week introduced the “Responsible Spending and Accountability Act,” a fiscally responsible blueprint to fund the federal government for fiscal year 2016. ATR supports this legislation and urges all members of Congress to vote for and support this plan.
Most importantly, this legislation adheres to discretionary spending caps as required by the Budget Control Act (BCA). BCA spending caps have already saved taxpayers $670 billion since being implemented in 2011, and will save an additional $1.79 trillion in savings through 2021, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office. Implementing and enforcing the BCA spending caps have been a key victory for advocates of limited government in past years, and Congress must continue to hold the line. By adhering to these budget caps, the RSC’s spending blueprint will keep Washington’s chronic over-spenders reined in.
In addition, the RSC plan respects regular order and responsible governance by allocating spending levels using the six appropriations bills that have been debated and passed by the House earlier this year. The legislation also incorporates spending levels from the six appropriations bills reported out of the House Appropriations Committee.
The RSC’s spending plan is a fiscally responsible, pro-taxpayer proposal to fund the government that will keep spending restrained within the BCA caps and lead to trillions of dollars in savings. ATR urges all members of Congress to fully support the Responsible Spending and Accountability Act.