After winning a majority in the House in November 2010, Republicans fought to reduce spending and return some fiscal sanity to the federal budget. As part of the Budget Control Act in 2011, President Obama insisted on his sequester. Because of its indiscriminate cuts – including to the military – House Republicans passed two bills in 2012 to replace the president’s sequester with common-sense reductions and reforms.
To hear President Obama tell it, if workers and families just give more of their money to the federal government to spend, bureaucrats and politicians will be able to make “investments” and improve the future. Trains will run faster and college will be free. The only thing standing in the way of utopia, the president says, is Republicans.
House Republicans will vote on a much different plan this week: a pro-growth, balanced budget that reins in excessive spending, enacts real entitlement reform, helps our economy, and puts us on a more sustainable fiscal path.