During his last weeks in office following the 2020 election, President Trump proposed $27.4 billion in budget cuts to a laundry list of federal agencies. The move was mostly symbolic: he still needed Congress' approval, and he was set to leave the White House soon.
But President Biden isn't willing to move forward with even those modest cuts to the national budget. His administration just announced yesterday that he is rescinding Trump's 73 proposed budget cuts and restoring full funding to all federal agencies.
The agencies include the departments of:
- Health and Human Services
- Homeland Security
- The Interior
- The African Development Foundation
- The Commission of Fine Arts
- The Corporation for National and Community Service
- The District of Columbia
- The Environmental Protection Agency
- The Inter-American Foundation
- The Millennium Challenge Corporation
- The National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities
- The National Gallery of Art
- The Peace Corps
- The Presidio Trust
- The United States Agency for International Development
- The United States Army Corps of Engineers
- The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
- The Legislative Branch
Isn't this how "budget cuts" usually play out? Republicans make a minimal effort to spend less taxpayer money, only to have Democrats block their efforts. Democrats don't even pretend to want to spend less money even as our country drowns under $27 trillion in debt.
And make no mistake--there is plenty of waste to cut. Sen. Rand Paul recently released his annual report outlining government waste. This year, he found $54 billion in useless projects, ridiculous studies, and failed military programs.
We can't keep hoping Congress will get its act together. We must force them to cut government waste, balance the budget, and get the national debt under control.
Only a Convention of States can help us reach that goal. A Convention of States is called by the states (and not controlled Congress) and has the power to propose constitutional amendments. These amendments can mandate a balanced budget, cap spending, and limit taxation. In short, an Article V Convention of States is our last, best hope to get our nation's finances under control.
If you're worried about the national debt, but don't believe Congress will ever act to fix it, you've come to the right place. There are over 5 million Americans across the country who have voiced support for this movement, and you can join them! Simply sign the Convention of States petition below.