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Congress votes to raise spending caps (again)

Published in Blog on April 10, 2019 by Convention Of States

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Like flu season and classic movie reboots, raising the "spending caps" has become a regular, unfortunate part of American life.

This week Congress is at it again with a plan to raise the caps by nearly $350 billion taxpayer dollars.

According to The Daily Signal,

This week, the House likely will vote on a plan to raise the law’s discretionary spending caps by at least $357 billion for 2020-2021. As has far too often become the case in Congress, none of the proposed new funding will be paid for with cuts to other programs.

The country is over $22 trillion in debt. It is past time for Congress to get serious about spending reforms and prioritizing precious taxpayer dollars.

Democrats’ plan to raise the caps imposed by the Budget Control Act is the latest in a series of attempts to divert more money to programs and activities that the federal government shouldn’t be involved in. In the process, it would burden Americans with even more deficit spending.

The latest deal would raise total base discretionary spending by $357 billion over two years. Of the new funding, $178 billion would go toward national defense while the other $179 billion would be reserved for domestic programs.

On top of the additional base funding, the bill would allow for $77 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funding in 2020, $1.15 billion for additional IRS tax enforcement efforts through 2021, and $7.5 billion to carry out the 2020 census.

All of this spending would add to the deficit.

At this point, Americans should be asking themselves, "What is the purpose of spending caps if Congress just keeps raising them?"

The ease with which our elected officials break the spending limitations they place upon themselves only serves to reinforce the fact that those limitations are illusory. Congress is incapable of limiting their own spending, and they prove that year after year after year.

That's why the states and the people need to assert their constitutional right to call an Article V Convention of States. A Convention of States empowers the states to impose the fiscal restrains that Congress will never seriously place on itself. 

By proposing constitutional amendments that require a balanced budget and (actually) cap spending, the states can finally fulfill their obligation to provide the last, best check on federal power.

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