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Jonathan Bydlak: The Omnibus Bill and Government Spending

May 8, 2017

Lawmakers have given President Trump a $1.1 trillion spending bill, and he says he’ll sign it. Why is spending out of control, and what people do to stop it?

In this episode of the weekly Budget & Tax News podcast, research fellow Jesse Hathaway is joined by Coalition to Reduce Spending president Jonathan Bydlak, talking about Congress’ $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill, funding the federal government through September.

The bill contains few of the spending cuts the president proposed earlier this year, and includes taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Some government agencies and programs—the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency—are even getting more money than they got last year, from President Barack Obama’s last year. But why?

Bydlak says lawmakers from both parties aren’t being responsible with taxpayers’ money, because they aren’t incentivized to care about the federal debt and deficit. For people concerned about America’s future, Bydlak says, it’s understandable that the recent omnibus bill doesn’t feel like much of a win.

Bydlak says people need to start holding lawmakers accountable for their actions, so lawmakers will do the right thing for the country’s future, even if they’re doing it for the wrong reasons. Every dollar the government spent by the government takes away more than one dollar’s worth of capital, Bydlak says, and every dollar spent in excess of what the federal government can actually afford is a dollar stolen from future generations.

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Jesse Hathaway is a policy advisor for budget and tax issues at The Heartland Institute. @JesseinOH