Washington - Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker release the following statement praising passage of the FIRST STEP Act (H.R. 5682):
“America’s prison system routinely turns low level offenders into hardened, repeat offenders. The FIRST STEP Act takes important steps to reverse this trend by expanding education and job training opportunities for prisoners, offering them a much-needed hand up to once again become productive members of society. Justice is not the same as heavy-handedness. The American story is a history of second chances, that’s why we must always ensure that after debts are paid, the path to redemption is paved.”
Washington - Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker released the following statement supporting President Trump’s announcement of the Protect Life Rule to Title X funding:
“Americans overwhelmingly support a prohibition of taxpayer funding for abortion. I applaud President Trump for keeping this key promise to voters, strengthening the wall between government funding and abortion industry giants like Planned Parenthood and adding protections for victims of sexual assault and human trafficking. With not one penny cut from family planning services, we can protect the value of every human life and place the interest and health of women ahead of the abortion agenda.”
Washington: Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker released the following statement praising President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal:
"President Trump made the right decision in withdrawing from the Iran Nuclear Deal. Nobody should be surprised that the deal failed to rein in the world's largest sponsor of terrorism. At its core, the deal was destined to fail due to its inability to curb the Iranian Regime’s expansionist and destabilizing goals in the greater Middle East. The unsurprising revelations from Israeli intelligence only confirm the deal’s failure. Americans continue to back the President’s robust agenda to support our key allies in the region and contain the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps."
Washington - The Steering Committee of the Republican Study Committee, today, adopted the following resolution in support of President Donald Trump’s rescissions package:
“President Trump’s proposal for spending rescissions are a fulfillment of Republican promises to bend the spending curve in the right direction. As the largest conservative caucus in the House of Representatives, the Republican Study Committee fully supports this effort by the Administration to cut nonessential budget items that the American people simply do not want to pay for.
“The House Committee on Appropriations should pass the full rescissions bill immediately so that the House can vote on the measure as soon as possible. Instead of making excuses for why keeping our promises is not possible, Mitch McConnell should make every effort to pass this package.”
Washington - Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Mark Walker and RSC Budget and Spending Task Force Chairman Tom McClintock, today, released the RSC’s annual budget proposal for FY 2019 entitled “A Framework for Unified Conservatism.” The latest iteration of the RSC’s hallmark policy product balances in eight years while fully funding defense at President Donald Trump’s requested funding levels.
The budget includes input from members of Congress, Congressional Committees, conservative think tanks and the executive branch to produce more than 300 specific policy reforms and spending cuts. It also reiterates conservative support for using reconciliation to repeal Obamacare, reform the welfare programs, and rein in other mandatory spending.
RSC Chairman Walker heralded this year’s budget proposal at this particular time in Congress: “We went back to the drawing board with the goal of charting a path forward so the fiscal and defense wings of the conservative movement can come together. I’m proud to say that our Budget and Spending Task Force accomplished this goal in creating our most impressive budget to date.”
“A Framework for Unified Conservatism” is the result of the Budget and Spending Task Force, consisting of dozens of members of the Republican Study Committee, meeting over several months. In these meetings, members work with leading conservative minds to tackle America’s looming fiscal issues.
“Curbing spending is the only way to control our deficits and ballooning debt. Without resolute action now, we run the risk of an unstoppable debt spiral and ultimately a sovereign debt crisis. History warns us that countries that bankrupt themselves aren’t around very long,” said Budget and Spending Task Force Chairman Tom McClintock. “The RSC budget points the way back to solvency and prosperity, but every day we delay, our choices become harder. One thing is clear: inaction is not an option.”
Rep. Jim Banks praised the release of this year’s RSC budget saying “The Republican Study Committee’s FY 2019 budget creates a path forward that both balances in under a decade and prioritizes a strong national defense – breaking the misguided notion that defense spending must be matched by non-defense spending. With topline funding set at the same levels as the Trump administration’s proposal, this budget will give our armed forces the resources needed to address our readiness crisis while preparing for strategic competition on the world stage.”
The FY 2019 budget proposal can be found here. The executive summary can be found here.
Unites Conservatives by accomplishing long-time conservative priorities
- Reins in federal spending to present a path to balance in eight years.
- Refocuses federal spending on core constitutional responsibilities like national security.
- Provides reconciliation instructions to allow for mandatory spending reforms, Obamacare repeal, welfare reform, and the permanent extension of tax cuts.
Fully funds national security as threats emerge from North Korea, Iran, Russia and China.
- Honors the President’s defense funding request with $716 billion in FY 2019, increasing to $800 billion in FY 2028, for a total of $7.571 trillion for national security over the next decade.
- Breaks the artificial “firewall” in discretionary spending to deconstruct the notion of parity between national security spending and the bloated non-defense programs.
- Invests in readiness, a robust naval fleet, and responsiveness to threats in multiple theaters.
Provides A Responsible Fiscal Path
- Reduces spending by more than $12.4 trillion compared to current law over ten years.
- Balances the budget in 8 years.
- Lowers FY 2019 non-defense discretionary to $355 billion and reverses planned cap increases.
- Cuts and eliminations target programs that fall outside of Article I legislative authority and that are duplicative, unnecessary, wasteful, or ineffective and limits funding for unauthorized programs.
Makes Social Security Solvent
- Implements the Social Security Reform Act, to achieve long-term sustainable solvency.
- Phases in an increase of the eligibility age to 70 to keep up with increases in longevity.
- Updates to a more accurate system for calculating cost-of-living adjustments for those most in need.
- Modernizes the benefit formula for new retirees, provides additional support for the most vulnerable, reduces barriers to staying active in retirement, and prohibits overpayment debt discharge.
- Saves and improves Medicare by providing more choices, lower costs, and a simpler model.
- Reduces costs for beneficiaries by implementing premium support in 2023, while including traditional fee-for-service as an option.
- Phases in an increase to eligibility age to align with Social Security and account for longer lifespans.
- Combines Parts A & B, reforms Medigap, and phases in increased premiums and means testing.
- Without reform, the Medicare Trust Fund is depleted by 2029.
Empowers Americans to Ensure Opportunity, Upward Mobility, and Self-Sufficiency
- Rewards work and earned success to empower American individuals, families, & local communities.
- Requires work, job search or training, or volunteering by all able-bodied adults to qualify for government assistance.
- Implements reforms to eliminate marriage penalties, fight fraud, and allow for more state flexibility.
- Postpones benefits until full-citizenship granted.
Restores Article I and Fixes the Budget Process
- Identifies reforms to restore a properly limited and accountable federal government.
- Holds the administrative state accountable to the people.
- Permanently bans earmarks, restores the Article I power of the purse, increases transparency, undoes permanent authorizations, and promotes conversion of mandatory programs to discretionary.
Protects Conservative Values
- Protects the Second Amendment, secures the border, protects life, and preserves religious liberty.
Washington - Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker released the following statement in response to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s refusal to back a rescissions package:
“Once again, Mitch McConnell is making excuses for why Republicans cannot do what we all promised in the past. His latest rejection of President Trump’s spending cuts shows that McConnell prioritizes his backroom deal with Democrats over Republicans’ promise to rein in government excess. Republicans in the House stand ready and willing to work with the White House to cut wasteful spending.”
Washington - Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker released the following statement after the Balanced Budget Amendment failed to pass on the House Floor:
“Today’s vote shows that Democrats’ newfound rhetoric of caring about our debt is just empty words based in political opportunism. While it certainly is a disappointment that a Balanced Budget Amendment was blocked by Democrats, this cannot be the the end of our efforts to get America back on the right fiscal track. With the recent $1.3 trillion budget-busting omnibus, we must renew our efforts to tackle the spending crisis by repealing and replacing Obamacare, reforming our welfare programs and rescinding unneeded appropriations.”
Washington – Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker released the following statement after the White House unveiled the Executive Order on Reducing Poverty in America by Promoting Opportunity and Economic Mobility.
"Welfare reform is about hope, not judgement. I applaud the President for laying out principles and making welfare reform a priority for his administration. Now it is up to Congress to pass legislation to promote earned success through the dignity of work. We need to eliminate marriage penalties, allow flexibility for the states, fight fraud and recognize the importance of civil society in fighting poverty.
"A government-first approach has failed those who are the most vulnerable in our society. Conservatives believe that every individual deserves the opportunity to improve their economic circumstances. Instead of trapping individuals in a cycle of poverty, we need to allow all to achieve their God given potential."