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“YES” on H.R. 444, the “Require a PLAN Act.”

February 5, 2013

NTU urges all Representatives to vote “YES” on H.R. 444, the “Require a PLAN Act.” This legislation stipulates that in the event the FY 2014 budget proposal submitted by the President does not achieve balance in the future, he must submit a supplemental unified budget by April 1, 2013 that does so.

To be clear, our support for this bill in no way absolves Congress of its own failures to control spending or abide by a regular-order budget process. Nor does it obviate the need for constitutional fiscal discipline mechanisms such as a Balanced Budget Amendment or a line-item veto amendment. While the political dimensions of the measure are not lost on us, the Executive Branch does have a role in setting the federal government’s priorities, and H.R. 444 would encourage its active and accountable participation in doing so.

Additionally, NTU urges all Representatives to vote as follows on these amendments to H.R. 444:

  • “NO” on Amendment #2, Reps. Schrader (D-OR), Wolf (R-VA), Cooper (D-TN), Gibson (R-NY): This amendment would endorse the Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction plan, which includes some desirable elements but also holds the potential for large tax increases.
  • “YES” on Amendment #3, Rep. Fleming (R-LA): This would require the President to propose consolidating duplicative functions and programs in the federal government.
  • “YES” on Amendment #4, Rep. Messer (R-IN): This amendment would require the supplemental budget to include an estimate of the average cost of the deficit to individual taxpayers.
  • “YES” on Amendment #5, Rep. Scalise (R-LA): This would require the President’s budget to include additional information about means-tested and non-means-tested spending.

Roll call votes on H.R. 444 and the above amendments will be included in NTU’s annual Rating of Congress.

If you have any questions, please contact NTU Federal Affairs Manager Nan Swift at (703) 683-5700