136 results for tag: Budget


A Look Inside Our Weekly Leadership Call

This past Sunday we were joined by Congressmen Jim Jordan (OH) and Mark Meadows (NC) to discuss the current budget proposal moving through the House of Representatives. We wanted to give you access to this otherwise exclusive call. Listen to the recording below. If you are a Local Tea Party Coordinator or Leader and you aren't participating in the weekly Sunday calls or your group isn't listed on our website, we encourage you to register your group so that we can make sure that you get connected.

Jenny Beth Martin Statement on Omnibus Bill

"Once again, Speaker Boehner and the House GOP leadership have found a way to needlessly squander political capital, after being handed a historic majority. Rather than negotiate and govern from a position of strength – and defend the Constitution against a lawless autocrat – the Speaker has punted on first down. It’s shameful, it’s senseless, and it will be remembered." We would like to thank the 67 GOP members of the House who kept their promise to the American people and voted against the Bill.  They are listed below.

Band-Aid on a Gunshot Wound: Congress Misunderstands Sequestration

Last week, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel sent a letter to the Senate Armed Services Committee describing the harm sequestration will cause to the Defense Department if it is allowed to continue in Fiscal Year 2014. From a column on the letter (h/t to Jazz Shaw): Automatic budget cuts already are "severely damaging military readiness,” Hagel wrote to Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), committee chairman, and Sen. Jim Inhofe (Okla.), ranking Republican.  Without relief, defense spending will take another $52 billion hit in the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. If Congress lets that happen, by continuing to refuse to compromise on a debt reduction deal, the ...

Government Waste, Death by a Thousand Cuts

In the last 18 months, spending scandals have struck hosts of federal agencies. (IRS videos, GSA scandal, and others) Each spending scandal is relatively small in relation to the overall waste of taxpayer money, but they collectively amount to crippling loss, a death by a thousand cuts. Senators Tom Carper (D-DE), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Oversight, and Ranking Member Tom Coburn (R-OK) have jointly and separately introduced dozens of amendments and bills, trying to change how Washington oversees tax expenditures. In the last Congress, they introduced two bills designed to eliminate tens of billions of dollars in federal inefficiencies....

Corporate Welfare Comes First

Over the last eight months, Tea Party Patriots has written a series of posts highlighting how anti-free market and fiscally irresponsible the farm bill is. While pressure from Tea Party activists and others helped the farm bill fail in June, the House managed to squeak the farm subsidy portion through on Thursday. So what’s the big deal with the farm bill? How bad is it? Do we need to continue this fight for spending that’s less than 3% of the federal budget? Two weeks ago, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) discussed the farm bill in a town hall. He tried to defend it – H/T to Tea Party Patriots’ Oklahoma State ...

Deficit 2013: Half a Trillion and Counting

On July 9, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its official estimate of the federal deficit so far in Fiscal Year 2013. The good news? June ran a surplus, and the federal deficit is smaller than it’s been in half-a-decade. The bad news? The deficit is already at $512 billion, with three months of the fiscal year left. CBO expects 2013 to see a $642 billion deficit, to the applause of some. But any smaller deficits in the near future ignore differences between the CBO’s “current law” and “current policy” projections. The current law projections -which look strictly at what’s on the books - CBO expects the following in the ...

Paul Ryan’s Path to Big Government

Over the last several weeks, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) has become a cheerleader for amnesty – what he calls an “earned path to citizenship” – in the House. He even went so far as to say the following in June: I will debate anybody who tries to suggest that these ideas that are moving through Congress are amnesty. They're not. Amnesty is wiping the slate clean and not paying any penalty for having done something wrong. Over at Front Page Mag, Daniel Greenfield shot down that theory, including by pointing out the following: The fine is a thousand dollars. It won’t even cover their first Earned Income Credit refund. ...

Aid to Africa: Helping the destitute, or crony capitalism?

On Sunday, President Obama announced a $7 billion initiative to provide power to several countries in Africa: U.S. President Barack Obama pledged $7 billion Sunday to help combat frequent power blackouts in sub-Saharan Africa. Funds from the initiative, dubbed Power Africa, will be distributed over the next five years. Obama made the announcement during his trip to South Africa, the continent's biggest economy. "Access to electricity is fundamental to opportunity in this age. It's the light that children study by, the energy that allows an idea to be transformed into a real business. It's the lifeline for families to meet their most basic needs, ...

Sleight-of-Hand on America’s budget problems

Over the last two months, there has been a push by the overspending crowd to say things aren’t so bad financially. This push was launched after the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) May 2013 report, which shows sequestration, some economic growth, and the fiscal cliff’s tax increases have somewhat improved America’s deficit scenarios in the short-term. Tea Party Patriots has already called out a variety of media sources for inaccuracies on this subject. However, more recently, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) – a liberal think tank – released an analysis touted by Lydia DePillis at The Washington Post Wonk Blog ...

President Obama isn’t Socialist Enough

Since its inception, Tea Party Patriots has worked hard to be an organization people of all political stripes can be part of. We focus on principles, letting actions of others guide how we react, not arbitrary and often inaccurate titles and name-calling. However, today, we officially declare that President Obama isn’t socialist enough: French government spending will fall next year for the first time since 1958, Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Tuesday, as the country begins shifting the austerity effort away from tax hikes. "Every year since 1958, since the beginning of the Fifth Republic, state spending has increased," Ayrault said. ...