Republicans in the House unveiled their own 2022 budget proposal on Wednesday, which would eliminate the deficit in five years while cutting taxes by $1.9 trillion.
The Republican Study Committee (RSC) proposed the budget, which cuts discretionary programs, reforms federal programs like Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) into block grants, and institutes “zero-baseline budgeting,” among other priorities.
The eligibility age for Social Security and Medicaid would be increased under the budget, and overall regulations would be reduced.
“The Democrats are introducing socialism and radically expanding the role of government, and in just a short amount of time, we’re already seeing the negative effects of their agenda on our economy. We’re seeing a spike in the cost of living and slower than expected job growth. And this is just the beginning,” Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), the RSC chairman, said in a statement.
“Reclaim the mantle of fiscal responsibility”
“It’s time Republicans reclaim the mantle of fiscal responsibility and show voters an alternative vision for conservative governance,” Banks added.
“The Republican Budget is floor-ready, a thorough plan rooted in common-sense conservative policy,” Rep Kevin Hern (R-OK), who led the RSC effort, said. “Republicans are prepared to govern in the majority, and this budget helps us prove it to the American people. Our tried-and-true pro-growth strategy will boost the economy while giving middle and working class Americans more control over their hard-earned money.”
Because Republicans are in the minority until at least after the election of 2022, this budget is sure not to pass the Democrat-dominated House.
Even the budget proposed by President Joe Biden will be radically different by the time budget negotiations are completed, Fox News noted.
Republicans are trying
The budget also includes items that are not strictly budget-related, such as a prohibition on packing the Supreme Court, a way to split the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals into two separate circuit courts, and COVID liability protections for businesses.
Pro-life provisions are also in the legislative proposal.
A supermajority would be required for continuing resolutions, which is how the budget is often funded. These resolutions just continue the previous year’s spending in the affected areas.
“The RSC Budget seeks to achieve all these aims while attaining fiscal discipline and preventing trillions of dollars from being added to the national debt, which defense experts have said is the greatest threat to our national security,” the committee said.