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Don't Be Surprised

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This Friday afternoon, top-ranking liberals in the House of Representatives are trying to finalize a 5th piece of COVID-19 legislation. They’ve nicknamed it “CARES 2” to coattail on the popularity of the original CARES Act, which passed overwhelmingly in late March. This is unfortunately not the bi-partisan effort it should be. Negotiations are taking place behind the scenes and most of what we’re... Read more »

The WUHAN Rescissions Act

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The recent CARES Act definitely had some spending that shouldn’t have been included as part of a COVID-19 response package. So yesterday, I co-sponsored a bill to claw back over $27 billion from that legislation. Let’s dispense with the obvious first: Every bill is a compromise, and every member of Congress must decide whether – considered in its entirety – the good of that legislation outweighs t... Read more »

$36,000 for a Family of Four

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Let’s take a married couple with two kids. $36,000 is their family's share of what the federal government will BORROW this quarter alone (April – June). That's based on news released late yesterday from the U.S. Treasury. Obviously in response to this pandemic, significant spending has been required to protect our nation and keep our economy from total collapse. However, we cannot forget EVERY DOL... Read more »

The Truth About "Unrestricted Aid"

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“Unrestricted aid” – remember this phrase, because it’s going to be a major point of contention in the coming weeks. As Congress looks into a possible 5th piece of legislation in response to this pandemic, there’s now a growing push for the federal government to send over half a TRILLION dollars in unrestricted aid to states and local governments. By “unrestricted” I mean no conditions on how that... Read more »

A Permanent Ban on Pork Barrel Spending

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“Pork” or “pork barrel spending” is what it’s often called. More formally it’s known as earmarks. Congress actually banned earmarks back in 2011, but now some Democrats are trying to resurrect them. Moments ago I introduced a bill in the House that would stop this effort in its tracks and make permanent the federal ban on earmarks, because they’re a horrible way to appropriate your tax dollars. F... Read more »

Over 2,300 Pages. Less Than 24 Hours

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With all the talk about this impeachment nonsense, you may not have heard that the House will be voting on two bills today (Tuesday) which would fund the federal government through the end of its fiscal year. Around 5:00 PM yesterday, these bills – totaling more than 2,300 pages – were posted for Members and staff to review. Apparently, we're supposed to read and make an informed decision by 1:15 ... Read more »

New Bill to Improve Presidential Rescission Requests

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Earlier today, I introduced new legislation in the House called the "AFTER Appropriations Act." This is a powerful yet easy-to-understand bill that aims to help curb wasteful spending. Up in Washington, a request to eliminate spending on items that have previously been approved by Congress is known as a "rescission request." While Congress is the branch of government that authorizes spending, the ... Read more »

U.S. Congressman Ralph Norman Introduces Legislation to Help Control Needless Spending

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On Thursday, U.S. Congressman Ralph Norman (SC-05) introduced the "AFTER Appropriations Act," which would require Congress to vote on Presidential rescission requests within an expedited time frame. Under current law, the President can submit recommended rescissions to Congress to eliminate unnecessary or wasteful spending. Congress, however, is not required to act on those requests. The AFTER Act... Read more »

Kicking the Can Down the Road

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I’d like to explain an important vote that took place yesterday in the House. We’re going to get “down in the weeds” a little, so stick with me. Every year, Congress is supposed to pass 12 appropriations bills. Each of these bills authorizes funding for certain areas of the federal government. (For example, one bill authorizes funding for the Dept. of Defense. Another authorizes funding for Homela... Read more »

U.S. Congressman Ralph Norman Co-Sponsors Two Bills to Address Federal Budget, Debt, and Spending

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This week, U.S. Congressman Ralph Norman (SC-5) co-sponsored two bills in the House of Representatives to help address our national debt, federal spending, and Congress’ inability to pass a budget: 1. Budget Process Enhancement Act The The Budget Process Enhancement Act, introduced by Rep. Andy Biggs (AZ-05) and co-sponsored by Rep. Norman, would accomplish two things: (A) If Congress fails to pas... Read more »

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