WASHINGTON--()--Today, Tom Schatz, President of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, issued a letter of support for House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-Wisc.) fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget resolution, which would balance in 10 years without raising taxes. Chairman Ryan’s proposal stands in stark contrast to the first Senate Budget Committee markup in four years of a budget resolution, which will raise more than $1 trillion in taxes over 10 years and never balance, as well as the abject failure of the White House to release its budget, which is the first time in 92 years that Congress, rather than the President, has started the budget process. Schatz’s letter reads in part:
"On behalf of the more than one million members and supporters of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), I urge you to support the House Budget Committee’s fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget resolution, which will put the nation back on the path to prosperity. Under the leadership of Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), the committee has proposed to cut spending by $4.6 trillion over 10 years and balance the budget by 2023 without raising taxes.
"The House budget resolution would save trillions of dollars by cutting wasteful spending; repealing ObamaCare; reducing the annual spending rate to 3.4 percent instead of 5 percent; unleashing American energy production to help lower costs, create jobs and reduce dependence on foreign oil; reforming welfare programs and devolving power to the states; removing special interest loopholes from the tax code; and lowering individual tax rates to promote economic growth.
"Chairman Ryan’s budget also tackles the nation’s growing entitlement liabilities. The plan reforms Medicare through increased competition and a means-tested premium-support payment system, and provides for more individualized healthcare choices for Medicare recipients. Additionally, the plan would convert the federal share of Medicaid spending into a block grant, giving states more flexibility to address their healthcare priorities.
"I strongly urge you to support the House Budget Committee’s FY 2014 budget resolution and work toward securing its passage. The era of reckless spending and rapidly rising debts must come to an end now. All votes on Chairman Ryan’s budget will be among those considered in CCAGW’s 2013 Congressional Ratings."
The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) is the lobbying arm of Citizens Against Government Waste, the nation’s largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government.