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Trump, Congress must support recission to rein in spending

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Monday, May 14, 2018

President Trump’s greatest domestic accomplishment, achieved in under two years, is a dynamic economy that has rapidly produced an actual shortage of workers. Conservative ideas, namely reducing burdensome regulations and lowering taxes, have driven these positive trends, and represent the biggest threat to the Democrats’ coercive, statist ideas. However, the bloated omnibus bill, which exceeded spending caps by $296 billion, placed us on an unstable fiscal path of continued deficit spending.

The president now has an opportunity to cancel funds previously appropriated but not yet spent in the excessive $1.3 trillion omnibus budget bill by using rescission, a potent tool used by previous presidents to cancel wasteful, ineffective or unused programs. The rescission targets $15.6 billion intended for programs that have expired, such as $252 million for the Ebola crisis, which has largely concluded, and $148 million intended for animal and plant diseases that have already been resolved.

This would be an important step for two reasons: first, taking away these funds prevents Congress from spending them on new programs, instead of using them to reduce the deficit; second, this group of lawmakers needs to learn the rescission process, which has not been used since President Clinton, to create “muscle memory” to train our representatives to care about wasting our tax dollars.

Getting rid of old, unspent money demonstrates to constituents that they are not going to keep spending us into oblivion. Congressman Walter Jones and Sens. Richard Burr and Tom Tillis need to remember: There is no downside to opposing the big spenders in Congress.

Carol Terryberry

Elizabeth City

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