Volume XVI No.29: August 3, 2012
The new fiscal year starts October 1st, yet no government agency has a budget for 2013. The House gets a D, passing six of the twelve annual spending bills. The Senate, well, they produced…none. Just this week Speaker Boehner (R-OH) and Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) announced they’re giving up. Instead of using the next two months to pass a few of the bills, they’ve agreed to funding all agencies at their current level for the first half of FY13. Trivia tidbit: the 113th Congress will be the third of the last four to have their first order of business cleaning up a spending bill mess left by the previous Congress.
They also haven’t proposed realistic solutions for our major fiscal issues. We still have a broken transportation financing system. Using some
But that’s not to say they haven’t been busy.
Congress still took time to rename plenty of things. Just this week Hartshorne, Oklahoma got
What taxpayers need instead is for Congress to get to work, and relying onlong retired, or soon-to-retire Members of Congress to come up with grand solutions to our deficits, that they’ll release after the next election, isn’t going to cut it. Pointing fingers across the aisle, or at the White House, or back at Congress, doesn’t solve a thing.
If you’re not going to be helpful, at least get out of the way. So we’re going to take this as an opportunity. We aren’t taking August off. We’re too busy. Last year we put together$1.5 trillion in common sense cuts for the Super Committee, and we’re updating those numbers to spell out exactly how Congress can avoid sequestration. We’re working with more than a dozen taxpayer, deficit, or environmentally focused groups to figure out an appropriate and affordable safety net for agriculture. We’re a common sense voice on tax reform, energy reform, tariffs and earmarks, transportation, and more.
When September 7th rolls around, we’ll be here ready to show them how to make government work, if they’ll only listen.
Let us know what you think.
Taxpayers for Common Sense appeared throughout the media this past week. Check them all out in theHeadlines About TCS section of our website.
“Nobody wants to make the hard choices around here … [Getting rid of 20 tax breaks is] better than nothing. But it ain’t anywhere close to where we need to be if we’re going to fix this country.”
- Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), commenting on a recent Senate Finance Committee hearing to extend certain "temporary" special interest tax breaks. (Washington Post)
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