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Issue Analysis

Earmarks and Pork-Barrel Spending Breed Corruption in Congress

Not long after the 2016 presidential election, House Republicans entertained a rule change proposed by Reps. John Culberson (R-Texas), Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), and Tom Rooney (R-Fla.) to bring back earmarks. The rule change, which likely would have passed if allowed to proceed, was quashed by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who felt that reviving the practice sent the wrong message after a “drain the swamp” election.

01/18/2018
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Issue Analysis

Busting the Budget: How Congress Spends Over and Around the Budget Control Act

As Congress nears another deadline this Friday for funding the government, a lot is on the table in terms of what could be included in a deal to increase spending across the board. Whether Congress is forced into a partial government shutdown or it chooses to bunt the issue another few weeks or so with the fourth continuing resolution of this fiscal year, the spending issue will have to be addressed in the near future.

01/16/2018
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Press Release

Even with the Taste of Victory Still in His Mouth, McConnell May Fold

FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon made the following statement regarding reports that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is considering skipping budget reconciliation, throwing away the best chance to further a conservative agenda this year.

01/11/2018
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Blog

Support the No Congressional Vehicle Leases Act, H.R. 4510

On behalf of our activist community, I urge you to contact your representative and ask him or her to support the No Congressional Vehicle Leases Act, H.R. 4510, introduced by Rep. Rod Blum (R-Iowa). The bill would prohibit the use of congressional funds to pay for long-term or expensive vehicle leases for members of Congress.

01/03/2018
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Blog

Support the No Congressional First Class Flights Act, H.R. 4509

On behalf of our activist community, I urge you to contact your representative and ask him or her to support the No Congressional First Class Flights Act, H.R. 4509, introduced by Rep. Rod Blum (R-Iowa). The bill would prohibit the use of congressional funds to pay for airline accommodations above the lowest fare of coach-class accommodations for members of Congress.

01/03/2018
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Op-ed Placement

Kevin Hassett's Puzzling Solution to Joblessness: More Government Jobs

Back in 2010, and amid a particularly difficult stretch for the economy, a conservative economist teamed up with lefty economist Dean Baker in support of what they referred to as “work sharing.” As the duo put it at the time, “Under a work-sharing program, firms are encouraged by government policy to spread a small amount of the pain across many workers. In a typical arrangement, a worker might see his weekly hours go down by 20%, and his salary go down by about 4%.”

12/05/2017
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Press Release

FreedomWorks on the Spending Trigger in the Senate Tax Reform Bill

FreedomWorks Vice President of Legislative Affairs Jason Pye released the following statement regarding the possibility of the Senate including spending cuts as a trigger if the economy fails to produce enough revenues under the new tax code:

11/29/2017
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Issue Analysis

Proposed Constitutional Amendments in the 115th Congress to Balance the Federal Budget

The total debt in the United States has continually risen, year after year, increasing almost fourfold since the start of the 21st century. What was a total debt of $5.75 trillion in January of 2000 is now over $20.45 trillion. This number has risen due to excessive government spending, with few mechanisms to hold it accountable otherwise.

11/28/2017
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Press Release

FreedomWorks Urges House to Pass Senate Budget, Move to Tax Reform

Vice President of Legislative Affairs Jason Pye released the following statement on the Senate’s passage of their budget:

10/19/2017
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Key Vote

Key Vote NO on the Additional Supplement Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act

On behalf of our activist community, I urge you to contact your representative and ask him or her to vote NO on the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act, introduced by House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.). The bill spends $36.5 billion for areas affected by recent disasters and food stamp funding for Puerto Rico without corresponding offsets.

10/11/2017

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