“NO” on H.R. 3877, The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019
Club for Growth strongly opposes the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 and urges all Representatives and Senators to vote NO on the bill. A vote on the bill is expected soon in both chambers of Congress. The results of the vote will be included in the Club for Growth Foundation’s 2019 Congressional Scorecard.
The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 jeopardizes America’s future fiscal footing and pushes the U.S. economy closer to a fiscal crisis. In 2011, Congress recognized that federal spending was unsustainable and passed the Budget Control Act. However, in the proceeding years, the addiction to spending defeated fiscal responsibility. Increased federal spending today is a promised tax increase tomorrow.
This bill would establish new spending levels for both defense and non-defense discretionary spending. It will increase discretionary spending by $326.5 billion, and when the new spending levels are extended into the budget baseline, the bill adds nearly $2 trillion in deficit spending to the national debt. Additionally, the bill would suspend the debt limit through July 31, 2021. The most recent debt limit suspension ended on March 1, 2019. Debt limit suspensions allow Treasury to take on unlimited amounts of debt during the period the debt limit is suspended. The national debt currently exceeds $22 trillion.
Club for Growth Foundation’s Congressional Scorecard for the 116th Congress provides a comprehensive rating of how well or how poorly each member of Congress supports pro-growth, free-market policies and will be distributed to the public.