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Fund the Troops First, says Conservative Action Project

Conservatives want the Senate to work fulltime and overtime starting now until their work is done. Working Americans do this, or they don't get paid. Eliminating paid leave in August is nice but insufficient.

As we have outlined in previous memos, conservatives now call on the Senate's leadership to use this critical time to pass all of their appropriations bills, confirm President Trump's nominees, and work to implement a strong conservative agenda.

Specifically, we call on the Senate to prioritize funding for the troops. Before passing a funding bill for themselves, which the Senate has indicated they are planning to do, the Senate should immediately take up funding bills for the Department of Defense and the Veteran's Administration. Fund the troops first. Fund Congress last.

Moreover, the substance of these funding bills is important. When Congress passed its $1.3 trillion spending bill in March, it failed to defund sanctuary cities, failed to defund Planned Parenthood and failed to address any part of Obamacare. It also openly blocked President Trump from building his border wall. The Senate should use this current opportunity to address these long-standing campaign promises.

Finally, we ask the Senate to clear the historic backlog of President Trump's nominees. There remain 156 nominees pending in committee, and 108 available for immediate floor consideration. This Senate has confirmed substantially fewer nominees under this president than at similar times under his last four predecessors. Despite progress on judicial nominees, there are now more judicial vacancies than when Trump took office last year. Given this, we urge the Senate to use the full weight of the Senate's rules against Democrat obstruction of Trump's nominees.

The Senate must show it is serious about doing its job by using this canceled recess to accomplish these priorities. We look forward to supporting them in these efforts.

Posted June 15, 2018

House Passes Trump Spending Cuts

From The Hill 06/08/2018
House passes Trump's plan to claw back $15 billion in spending The House voted along party lines late Thursday to pass a White House proposal that would claw back nearly $15 billion in previously approved government funding.

The House approved the measure in a vote of 210-206, with conservatives calling it a step in the right direction after they ripped into the price tag of the $1.3 trillion spending bill President Trump signed earlier this year.
Posted June 08, 2018

California: Better for Republicans

According to Nancy Pelosi, the road to her becoming again Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives runs through California. Her goal is to win the seats that Hillary Clinton carried in the 2016 elections. These include seats that were in the old conservative bastion of Orange County.

After the recent primary in California, that may be a little more difficult than originally thought by the Democrats. The reason: Republicans actually received more votes than Democrats in 4 of 5 of these seats.

CA 25: Congressman Steve Knight is on the Democrats target list. Clinton won this district 50 to 43 percent. In the jungle primary where all candidates run no matter their party, Knight received 52.8 % of all ballots cast to 47.2% for all Democrats combined.

CA 39: Congressman Ed Royce is retiring from this seat where the Hispanic population is rising fast and the Asian population even faster. Young Kim (a Republican) came in first. In second place Gil Cisneros (the Democrat) sets up the November election. The total Republican vote cast was 46,407 versus a total for Democrats of 37,873. Young Kim can win this seat if she runs a good campaign. (Clinton won this district by 8 percentage points.)

CA 45: Congresswoman Mimi Walters is also on the Democrats target list. Clinton carried this district by 5 percentage points. The Republican vote total here in the primary was 54,623 versus 45,673 for the Democrats.

CA 48: Congressman Dana Rohrabacher is being heavily targeted by the Democrats (Clinton won the district by 48% to 46%). Once again Republicans outpolled Democrats. This time the margin was 58,080 to 50,266.

CA 49: This is the only one of the five districts discussed where Democrats outpolled Republicans but not by much. Darrell Issa is retiring. The totals were close: the Democrats received 56,488 to 54,136 for the Republicans.

What does the above show? It shows that Republicans must run solid races in each of these districts but they can win even after the Democrats spent millions of dollars to weaken incumbents and hurt conservative challengers in open seats.

The Democrats can take back the House and win some of these seats if we don't go all out to help conservative candidates.

Posted June 08, 2018

Conservative Senators Introduce White House Recission Bills

WASHINGTON - Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Joni Ernst (R-IA), David Perdue (R-GA), John Kennedy (R-LA), Rand Paul (R-KY), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and Ben Sasse (R-NE) introduced the Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act Thursday, a bill that would formally rescind the $15 billion in unneeded spending identified by the White House on May 8, 2018.

"Yes, a $15 billion spending reduction is a drop in the bucket compared to a $15 trillion debt," Sen. Lee said. "But we have to start cutting spending somewhere. Because if we don't, if we continue to allow federal government spending to grow faster than the economy as a whole, at some point economic reality will force us to do so in a much more painful manner later."

"Our country doesn't have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem," Sen. Johnson said. "While these cuts won't solve our debt problems - far from it - they are an important step in the right direction by eliminating unnecessary and excessive spending throughout the federal government."

"This proposal will help end the deception where Congress over funds popular programs like CHIP only to shift the excess money to unrelated programs when the American people aren't looking," Sen. Toomey said. "It is a modest but important step in the direction of honest budgeting and protecting taxpayers."

"Rescinding these dollars now ensures that Congress doesn't use them as a budget gimmick later," Sen. Ernst said. "This rescissions bill is a common-sense initiative to ensure that the federal government is a better and more effective steward of hard-working Americans' money."

"We are past the tipping point in this debt crisis," said Sen. Perdue. "Today, most of the money we spend on our military, our veterans, and domestic discretionary programs is borrowed money. This will get worse and it's time for Washington to come to grips with this reality. President Trump has-that's why his team is proposing to cut these unused and expired government programs. These are simple cuts, arguably the easiest we could make, and they should be supported by every member in Congress."

"Washington has long been spending tax dollars like a bunch of drunken sailors with zero regard for the debt we are loading onto future generations. This bill is a small step but a good start towards restoring a little fiscal sanity to the swamp," said Sen. Kennedy.

"Unfortunately, the Senate was unable to cut one penny from every dollar through a budget bill I proposed last week. I am hopeful they will support cutting half a penny from every dollar through this rescissions package," Sen. Paul said.

The Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act 1974 empowers the president to send a rescission message to Congress specifying the accounts, programs, and amounts to be rescinded. The funds are then locked down for 45 days allowing Congress to either approve, modify, or ignore the president's rescission request.

According to Senate rules, all rescission legislation must go to committee where the committee then has 25 days to act before the legislation can be discharged to the floor. By introducing this legislation today, that 25-day window for discharge will run out before the 45-day window for congressional action.

Posted May 30, 2018

U.S. House Conservatives and Trump Administration Start Clawing Back Overspending

From the House Republican Study Committee:

President Trump transmitted a special message to Congress reporting 38 rescissions totaling $15.4 billion. This is the largest single rescissions package ever proposed. &

RSC Members are commending the President and OMB Director Mulvaney for presenting this package to Congress. They believe it should be quickly passed through both Chambers and sent back to the President for signature. The Impoundment Control Act is just one of many tools conservatives can use to fulfill a promise to the American people and begin the process of getting federal spending under control. Many Members would like to see this as the first of many rescission packages.

In a recent poll of its members, 100% of RSC Members said the House should work with the President to pass a rescission bill and 71% said they would like to see rescissions reach over $60 billion.

What RSC Members are saying:

"When I saw the [$11 billion] amount reported this morning, my reaction was that it was a good start but it is certainly not enough. And [I] would hope that this effort would lead to a larger effort to overhaul significant federal spending in the months ahead before the end of the Congress. That is certainly what my district expects us to do & to rein in federal spending."
-Rep. Jim Banks

"Congress should pursue another rescission package that would cancel spending in the omnibus signed March 23 by Trump. There is nothing that stops them from delivering another rescission package in a month that includes money from this omnibus,"
-Rep. Ken Buck

"There's no denying it, Washington has a spending problem. I support President Trump's decision to cut wasteful government programs and roll back over $15 billion in spending."
-Rep. Kevin Brady

"Rescissions, Great tool to clean out the spending underbrush. Hasn't been used in almost 20 yrs. And it gets us around the Senate filibuster! A big win for the American people. Thanks @MickMulvaneyOMB & @POTUS"
-Rep. Tom Graves

Posted May 14, 2018
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