6 important issues at stake in appropriation bills

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The government’s fiscal year begins Oct. 1, but as usual, Congress has not completed the annual appropriation process to give federal agencies spending authority.

Congress will pass a continuing resolution to maintain current spending and policy and to prevent a partial government shutdown of nonessential programs, but Americans concerned about inflation should hope the resolution will carry through into the new year and the new Congress.

President Joe Biden has asked tens of billions of irresponsible extra spending and controversial policy anomalies to attach to this latest legislative vehicle leaving office before the November election, but most of it will be thrown out.

The real question is what happens next.

Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer will push for a big spending package in the lame post-election period. This would lock in a third year of liberal policies and an inflationary spending program, imposed by irresponsible members of Congress, many of whom will have been removed from office.

Lawmakers shouldn’t rush through a massive omnibus appropriations bill that overspends on all the wrong things, especially in a lame Congress.

Instead, new majorities in the next Congress should take up the pens and enact responsible spending bills that advance the political priorities of the American people. This will only happen if the continued resolution extends into at least January.

Here are six issues that are at stake in these supply bills:

1. Inflation and government spending

Inflation has reached levels not seen in four decades, thanks to excessive public spending with the Federal Reserve as the catalyst. With the economy shrinking in the first half of this year, America has entered a period of stagflation, thanks to harmful government policies.

The average worker has seen their inflation-adjusted income drop by $3,000 since January 2021. It’s no wonder inflation and the economy consistently rank among the top issues on Americans’ minds this fall. .

A massive appropriation bill that would further increase government spending would add to inflationary pressures. Such a package of expenses should be inadmissible in this economic climate.

The single most useful thing Congress can do to turn the tide of inflation is to start cutting spending. Simply put, appropriation bills need to spend less than the status quo and should at least return to pre-pandemic spending levels.

2. border security

Biden’s open border policy has been a breach of his responsibility to protect America. His policy has also harmed migrants, especially children, as their parents have an incentive to send their children unaccompanied across the border because they can stay in the United States and receive immigration benefits. A historic 272,745 unaccompanied foreign children have crossed the border since Biden took office.

Rather than funding border security measures to deal with the crisis and these inhumane conditions, the current resolution would give nearly $1.8 billion more to the administration of the Department of Health and Human Services for Children and Families “Assistance to Refugees and to entrants”.

This will continue to fund government and non-governmental organization smuggling and illegal alien transportation operations in the United States and throughout the United States, resulting in even more unaccompanied foreign children crossing the border. and become victims of sex trafficking. No one should fund this.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, recently announced that if this government funding bill does not “immediately resolve the border crisis,” he will oppose it and urge his GOP colleagues to do so as well.

Rather than give Biden the blank check he asked for to fund more illegal immigration, Congress should use the appropriation bills to move forward real solutions to secure the border.

The totally misnamed “Cut Inflation Act” created an $80 billion slush fund for the Internal Revenue Service. This will add 87,000 new agents, doubling the size of the agency. These new expenditures are in addition to the nearly $13 billion provided annually to the IRS in regular appropriation bills.

3. SRI Overreach

The new agents and new funding could be used to subject small businesses and middle-class taxpayers to greater scrutiny from the IRS. This is concerning because the IRS is a scandal-ridden agency that has a history of targeting political opponents of the regime.

Congress should cancel the IRS slush fund as part of any appropriations bill for a full year. Lawmakers should also use spending bills to conduct strong IRS oversight and require strong taxpayer protections as a condition of annual funding.

4. Student Loan Debt Amnesty

Biden’s student debt amnesty is costly, unfair, and potentially illegal. It could cost taxpayers up to $1 trillion, according to estimates from the Penn Wharton Budget Model.

Annual Appropriation Bills provide the Office of Student Aid Administration with over $1 billion in public funds to administer student loan servicing activities. Appropriation bills are expected to prohibit the Department of Education from using funds to proceed with Biden’s debt amnesty.

5. Master executive overreach

The Biden administration has begun a regulation blitzwith over 2,600 active regulatory measures, including 200 economically significant rules estimated to have an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more.

Biden’s executive actions could also cost taxpayers up to $1.5 trillion-so far.

Congress should put an end to the administrative state and curb this excess of the executive by using its purse power. Legislators can prohibit the use of funds to enforce finalized harmful regulations or to carry out pending regulatory actions. Congress can also use spending bills to provide oversight and demand accountability from the executive branch.

6. protect life

At the start of the 117th Congress, 200 representatives and 48 senators taken a stand that they would oppose any funding bill that weakened long-standing pro-life provisions.

Not only have congressional liberals proposed gutting protections such as the Hyde Amendment that prohibits federal funds from being spent on abortions, but they have Advanced a radical pro-abortion agenda that is extreme and out of step with what most Americans across the political spectrum believe.

Planned Parenthood’s most recent annual report shows the organization performed 383,460 abortions in fiscal year 2020 while receiving more than $663 million in taxpayer funding. This is an injustice that must not last.

Not a penny of taxpayers’ money should go to the abortion industry. Lawmakers should ensure that appropriation bills protect lives.

These are just a few examples of the important policy issues that could be affected by the appropriations process for fiscal year 2023. The 12 annual spending bills cover hundreds of programs and virtually everything the federal government touches.

Instead of a lame Liberal spending spree, the next Congress should carefully craft responsible appropriations bills. The Heritage Foundation Budget Master Plan includes over 100 different policy recommendations for discretionary spending programs.

Lawmakers should go on the offensive and deliver political victories for the American people by passing sensible spending bills in the next Congress.

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