Friday, February 19, 2016

It’s Time to Throw Out Obama’s Spending Levels

It’s Time to Throw Out Obama and The Whole Bunch Of Them !

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., met with the Republican conference last week to make a pitch on the shape of this year’s House budget. Ryan’s proposal would include $30 billion in new spending authority above the Budget Control Act (BCA)’s post-sequester levels for discretionary programs in 2017.

Ryan told his colleagues that the new spending authority he wants as part of the House’s budget is only $3 billion higher than the total level of spending in last December’s omnibus spending bill ($1.067 trillion in 2016 compared to $1.070 trillion in 2017). Furthermore, of the $3 billion difference, $2.97 billion of the increase would go to defense.

This is an extremely misleading argument.

The $3 billion comparison that Ryan is referring to assumes that House conservatives have embraced the Boehner-Obama spending deal. But the spending deal, which suspends the debt limit for the remainder of president’s second term, received support from only 79 Republicans—including Ryan and the current House Republican leadership. 

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