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Advocating smaller, more focused, less costly government since 1996.
February 25, 2019
Individually addressed and mailed to the DC offices of selected members of Congress (see below).
Gross federal debt recently passed the $22 trillion mark, and it is rising some $1 trillion per year. A recent Congressional Budget Office projection showed federal debt held by the public growing substantially faster than the US economy over the next 30 years and hitting a percentage of Gross Domestic Product well above the end-of-World-War-II peak.
Painful adjustments would become unavoidable long before 2049. These might include tax increases (for everyone, not just “the rich”), hollowing out of the US military and other traditional government functions, and reduced entitlement benefits.
Chronic budget deficits have been spawned by bipartisan irresponsibility, but no one seems to be claiming ownership – let alone offering credible solutions. Indeed, the current focus isn’t reducing deficits at all, it is figuring out how to avoid $126 billion in Obama-era budget caps that are set to kick in this October (for fiscal year 2020).
For the next two years, we would recommend that Congress operate in damage control mode. Prune spending where possible (OMB has offered many suggestions), don’t hike taxes, and don’t expand existing entitlement programs or create new ones.
All presidential candidates in 2020 should be urged to commit to balancing the federal budget by 2025 and explain specifically how they would propose to do so. One of the three presidential debates should be devoted to discussion of the fiscal problem. The winner would hopefully keep his or her promises with strong support from the members of Congress.
Further thoughts on this subject are posted on line. Browser path: Secure America’s Future Economy – Blog – 2/18/19 & 2/25/19.
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040119 Ltr. From Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester - Thank you for contacting me regarding this year's taxes. I appreciate your thoughts and input on this important issue.
Our tax code should place us on secure fiscal footing and allow the United States to remain a nation where people and companies are encouraged to grow. I am a strong supporter of comprehensive tax reform that would close several existing corporate loopholes and ease the burden on middle class families, while encouraging companies to prosper and keep their business here in America.
As you may know, in 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, H.R. 1, was signed into law. This legislation passed the House of Representatives on November 16, 2017 by a vote of 227 to 205. I did not support this legislation because it was an ill-advised plan that cut taxes for the wealthiest Americans and corporations, and paid for it by eliminating programs important to our communities. There are common sense reforms we can make to ensure that our tax code does not unfairly burden vulnerable individuals, is easier for taxpayers to navigate, and preserves competition.
Since this legislation became law, I have heard from Delawareans how they have been affected. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and story with me. As my colleagues and I discuss legislation regarding tax reform, please be assured that I will keep your thoughts in mind.
Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with me on this important matter. I hope that you will continue to keep me informed of the issues important to you, as your input helps me to better represent you in Congress. If you would like to stay up to date on my work in Delaware and Washington, you can visit www.bit.ly/LBREmail to sign up for my newsletter, "Lisa's List".