RSC Update: Monday, November 29, 2010
From the Chairman
Last May, House Republicans pushed for a federal pay freeze as one of the very first YouCut initiatives to get a vote on the House floor. As with every other YouCut spending target, Democrats ensured that it died a quiet death. But today, President Obama belatedly followed our lead and called for a two-year pay freeze for federal civilian employees.
The pay freeze is one item on a miles-long list of spending cuts necessary to get back on the path to a balanced budget. Unfortunately, Democrats show no signs of making a real commitment to reduce spending. Consider that Congress will vote this week on an ultra short-term bill to fund the federal government. Why? Because Democrats hope that gives them time to push through one last, final spending bill – a massive, trillion-dollar omnibus package – before they lose total control over the budget.
Enacting a massive omnibus spending bill just a month before the newly-elected Congress takes over is a slap in the face to American voters. Spending cuts are already long overdue. Let’s not delay any longer.
Congressman Tom Price
Chairman, Republican Study Committee
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· Rep. Jack Kingston (GA-01) recently discussed with Neil Cavuto the role the House Appropriations Committee will play in cutting spending in the next Congress.
· Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22): Ghailani Trial: Misguided and Dangerous; The Hill, November 23.
· Rep. Mike Coffman (CO-16): Reforming education; The Movie “Waiting for Superman”; Colorado Community Newspapers, November 25.
Outlook – Here is a preview of upcoming Democrat proposals.
· Democrats are pushing a short-term (perhaps just two weeks) funding bill to buy themselves more time to enact a massive, trillion-dollar omnibus spending package before year’s end. As usual, the RSC has a more responsible plan.
· The Presidential Deficit Commission is due to vote on its proposals tomorrow, and report its recommendations (if any receive the necessary support) on Wednesday. The Pentagon’s study on repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is also slated to report its findings tomorrow.
· In the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has said he will try to pass the DREAM Act (an amnesty bill) during the lame duck. Democrats are also attempting to rush through ratification of the START Treaty with Russia before the next Congress is seated.
· Each week, the RSC Budget and Spending Taskforce compiles a weekly report on the latest budget and spending news. Additionally, the RSC Money Monitor tracks how bills passed by the House affect authorizations, mandatory spending, and federal government revenue.
House Republican Study Committee
Rep Tom Price, M.D., Chairman
Paul Teller, Executive Director
Brad Watson, Policy Director
Natalie Farr, Professional Staff
Emily Henehan Murry, Professional Staff
Bruce “Fez” Miller, Professional Staff
Jonathan Day, Director of Member Services and Business Outreach
Alex Shively, Director of Conservative Coalitions
Ryan Murphy, Communications Director
Brian Straessle, Deputy Communications Director
Curtis Rhyne, Research Assistant
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