The past few years have been difficult for a majority of Americans having to make financial sacrifices to live within their means and stick to a budget; it's time Washington shows some responsibility and leadership to produce a budget, spend smarter and change its irresponsible spending ways
The president outlined a small legislative agenda yesterday while visiting the State University of New York in Albany. The “to-do” lists contained five measures to foster job creation in the country. The measures were designed to have a direct impact on the middle-class, but little is known about their overall cost.
The protests in Greece have shown that Greeks are unsatisfied with the economy. Americans too are in desperate need of jobs and demand deficit reduction from Washington. Check out our latest inforgraphic on the statistics of the two countries and their three main parallels.
It's been over three years since Congress has passed a budget. The obstacle to getting a budget enacted: the U.S. Senate. Both President Obama and the House of Representatives have met their obligations, issuing budget proposals each year, while the Senate sits on its hands.
Today we announced a multipronged online educational advocacy campaign leading up to the three-year anniversary since the last time Congress passed a budget. The campaign includes a web video, online advertising, a Twitter hashtag campaign and a grassroots call to action urging the Senate to pass a budget.
The news that the General Services Administration (GSA) blew through $822,000 for an elaborate training conference at a Las Vegas luxury hotel shocked Washington this week, leading to the resignation of GSA Administrator Martha Johnson. Beltway budget watchers were justifiably outraged.
According to the Economist, when asked how much excessive spending on things like the GSA Las Vegas conference contributed to the debt, 12% of adults said “not much at all”; 31% said “not very much”; 38% said “quite a bit”; and 20% said “a lot.”
A lesson for Congress- enough with the autopilot spending. Congress must take control of the federal budget process, which means taking responsibility for all spending programs to get the deficit under control. If Congress doesn't start relearning how to fly, we all need to be prepared for a fiscal crash.
There has never been a budget resolution that has been apolitical. Even when passed by Congress, these proposals are nonbinding, without the force of law. Instead, they simply spell out the priorities and agenda of a particular party or individual. This is true whether the Democratic Senate passes President Obama’s budget or the Republican House passes Paul Ryan’s budget resolution.