Blue Dogs Back Bipartisan Bill to Tackle Skyrocketing National Debt
WASHINGTON—Today, the fiscally-responsible Blue Dog Coalition has announced its endorsement of H.R. 5211, Sustainable Budget Act of 2019, which would create a fiscal commission with the goal of achieving a balanced budget within a decade. The bill was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Ed Case (HI-01), Co-Chair of the Blue Dog Task Force on Fiscal Responsibility, and Republican Congressman Steve Womack (AR-03). The legislation has received praise from the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB).
Specifically, the Sustainable Budget Act would charge a National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility with proposing recommendations designed to achieve a balanced annual federal budget within ten years and improve the long-term federal fiscal outlook. The commission would also include recommendations to address the growth in entitlement spending. It would be comprised of 18 members, including members of both parties.
The commission’s final recommendations would be due to Congress by no later than one year after the Commissioners are appointed. If the proposal is supported by at least twelve members of the committee, including at least four members of each party, it would receive expedited consideration in the House and Senate.
“The underlying cause of our accelerating national deficit and debt is our collective inability to prioritize fiscal responsibility," said Rep. Ed Case (HI-01), Co-Chair of the Blue Dog Task Force on Fiscal Responsibility and Government Reform. "We need an external bipartisan task force to focus independently and comprehensively on the deficit and debt. This commission will facilitate a thoughtful and lasting policy solution to this great challenge."
“The way Washington handles the budget process is broken,” said Rep. Ben McAdams (UT-04), Co-Chair of the Blue Dog Task Force on Fiscal Responsibility and Government Reform. “The only way we can return to getting a balanced federal budget is to change what we’re doing now with the goal of returning to sound budgeting principles and policies. I support the approach of this bipartisan bill, which gives us a plan to get on that path moving forward.”