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McClintock: Changes to Restore Budget Discipline

Washington, DC — Congressman Tom McClintock released a memo to fellow Republicans with four recommended reforms to address the growing national debt. He states, “On our present course, interest on the national debt will exceed our current defense spending in six years.”

The four reforms are mostly rule changes: Amend the house rules to allow reductions in mandatory spending in the appropriations bills, restore a point of order against unauthorized appropriations, restore a point of order against appropriations that exceed the budget, forbid expansion of mandatory spending just as we forbid earmarks.

Congressman McClintock references a “deteriorating economic picture” noting “Since we [Republicans] do not control the Senate or the Presidency, we must look to the House and Conference rules to do so.” McClintock also concludes the reforms will “let us [Republicans] take back the legislative and judicial powers improperly delegated to the executive.”

More details about his recommendations and how they could be implemented are in McClintock’s new blog here.