Fix the fiscal problem (Russell Vought)

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Acting Director Russell Vought
The Office of Management and Budget
725 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20503

Dear Mr.Vought:

Secure America’s Future Economy (SAFE) has been appalled by the government’s deteriorating fiscal situation, especially since the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 was enacted into law. We believe that all candidates in the presidential race should be encouraged to offer plans for balancing the budget in four years (by 2025). Moreover, one of the debates between the two finalists in the fall of 2020 should be devoted exclusively to questions about the fiscal problem.

These thoughts have been conveyed to President Trump, but we would like to add some points directed to your office.

First, the Major Savings and Reform volume of the FY 2020 budget proposal included a lot of good ideas and was well organized and documented. Keep up the good work!

Second, it’s disappointing that your inventory of spending cuts attracted so little attention. Questioning by members of the House and Senate budget committees demonstrated far more interest in protecting their pet programs than in pruning the government’s deficits. Whither BP-2020,

Third, in developing a hypothetical inventory of $1 trillion in spending cuts – which on an order of magnitude basis is representative of the adjustments that are needed – we treated the MSR recommendations as the vital first layer of adjustments to get the budget system on a positive path. Politics aside, the budget could be balanced,

If you have any questions or we can help further, please advise (contact information enclosed).

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