Shutdown provides key government restructuring opportunity

Jan. 7, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging that the partial government shutdown be used as an opportunity to restructure government spending to cut the deficit:

“House Republicans should offer 10 percent budget cuts to each one of the individual appropriations bills being offered by the House Rules Committee. Also, offer the MERIT Act as a measure to fire bad and incompetent federal employees who are wasting taxpayer dollars and prohibitions of federal funds for sanctuary cities, and force votes. The government shutdown if nothing else provides an opportunity to at least restructure this portion of government away from its current bloated state and restore some measure of fiscal sanity. With the national debt now at $21.9 trillion and this year’s deficit approaching $1 trillion with massive increases over the past two years directly caused by Congressional bipartisan consensus appropriating, now is the time for President Trump and Congress to reexamine every part of the budget, while fighting to make certain our nation’s borders are secure.”

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