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    House Republicans Are Right to Focus on Spending Cuts as Part of Debt Ceiling Increase

    This week, the House Republican conference met to discuss what their priority will be in connection with any vote to increase the debt ceiling. This is timely since the current suspension of the debt limit expires tomorrow. According to reports of the Republican House caucus meeting, “Members came away with … More

    Defense: Mismatch Between Strategy and Ability

    In a recent article in National Review, Heritage distinguished fellow and former Senator Jim Talent (R–MO) explains that the U.S. military is facing a troubling future. Talent describes how “every category of primary risk to American security is growing.” China is displaying increasing boldness in defense of its disputed territorial … More

    Morning Bell: Obama's Fake Budget Marketing Exposed

    President Obama is marketing his new budget by saying it has “more than $2 in spending cuts for every $1 of new revenue.” Is this true? In a word, no. In fact, his spending increases and advertised spending cuts cancel each other out—leaving only a massive tax increase. The President … More

    The RSC Budget: A First Look

    The Republican Study Committee (RSC) has proposed a budget that balances in just four years while holding tax revenue at near its historical average. It advances more aggressive entitlement reforms than the House Budget Committee plan, including Social Security, and features deeper spending cuts. Nevertheless, the plan also suffers weaknesses, … More

    The Senate Continuing Resolution and Its Demons

    The massive spending bill released by the Senate this week suffers the same flaws as the measure the House passed last week: It spends too much, fails to protect national defense, and is full of unnecessary, wasteful spending. Like the House bill, the Senate’s continuing resolution (CR)—which is needed to … More

    Obama Budget to Be Submitted Even Later

    The Obama Administration is on track to beat former President Bill Clinton for second-longest delay in submitting a presidential budget on time. First place for the latest budget in history? That also goes to President Obama. In 2009, he did not submit a budget until 98 days after the statutory deadline. … More

    Sequestration: Much Larger Spending Cuts Needed to Balance the Budget

    Sequestration, the set of automatic spending reductions set to hit on March 1, barely makes a dent in federal spending over the next decade. Much larger spending cuts are needed to rein in growing spending and debt and avoid a debt crisis. Federal spending is projected to grow from $3.6 … More

    Environmental Protection Agency: No Room for Sequestration Cuts?

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced plans to furlough all of its employees and shut down for three days this year to absorb sequestration’s spending cuts. But the sequester cuts do not have to lead to shutdowns. The Heritage Foundation recently pointed out that prioritized cuts at the National Institutes … More

    Organizing for Action Uses Discredited Information on Sequestration

    President Obama’s campaign organization is using discredited information and misleading numbers in its latest effort to lobby Congress to stop sequestration. An email sent today by Jim Messina, chairman of Organizing for Action, urges supporters to sign a petition in support of Obama’s tax hikes. The email includes the typical … More

    DeMint on CNBC: We Need a Balanced Budget in 10 Years (VIDEO)

    All this talk of “spending cuts” in sequestration is forgetting one important point: These aren’t true spending cuts. They are reductions in the rate at which government spending is continuing to grow, said Heritage President-elect Jim DeMint on “The Kudlow Report.” He told host Larry Kudlow, “You can see…there’s no … More