Secure America's Future Economy (SAFE) Advocating smaller, more focused, less costly government since 1996
February 26, 2018 The Honorable Mitch McConnell 327 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
Dear Senator McConnell:
You and the Senate minority leader highlighted perceived positives in your back to back statements on February 7 about the budget deal that had been negotiated. Indeed, Sen. Schumer went so far as to characterize the deal as a bipartisan "breakthrough." Given the fiscal implications, "budget system breakdown" might have been closer to the mark. More shutdown drama, mediocre results, 2/12/18.
It seems that the fiscal outlook has deteriorated dramatically from the picture painted in May 2017, e.g., the projected gross debt at the end of FY 2027 has increased from $24.7T to $29.6T. Let's make the budget process work, Section I (president's budget proposal for FY 2019), 2/19/18.
Do the members of Congress believe trillion-dollar deficits and soaring debt are acceptable, and if not what do they propose to do about it? OK, there will be a joint select committee review of the budget process, but it's hard to imagine this exercise will accomplish much. Bipartisan, bicameral majority required to get anything done - and if the JSC identifies abuse of the Senate filibuster rule as the key problem, its legislative recommendations could be blocked by a filibuster. Talk about a "catch 22" situation!
Ever hopeful, SAFE has developed and would like to offer some suggestions that might improve the odds for a fruitful JSC review. Let's make the budget process work, Section V, 2/19/18.
Please advise if you have questions or we can help further.