The House Republican Study Committee (RSC) has revealed its budget plan, which includes provisions to fully fund the Trump administration’s prominent immigration measure, the border wall along the Mexican border. Simultaneously, the plan aims to reduce funding for the Biden administration’s clean energy policies and what they perceive as a “radical woke agenda,” as reported by various news organizations, including Fox News.
Comprising 156 House Republicans, the RSC’s budget proposal seeks to reduce government spending by approximately $16.3 trillion over a decade, accompanied by a tax cut of roughly $5.1 trillion within the same period.
In a letter accompanying the budget plan obtained by Fox News Digital, RSC Chair Kevin Hern (R-Okla.) and budget chief Rep. Ben Cline (R-Va.) emphasized the importance of taking action to restore the American dream, which they believe has become unattainable for many families and businesses. They asserted that cutting spending, despite its challenges, would be preferable to continuing with the inflation crisis and higher interest rates attributed to the Biden administration. The RSC Budget, they argue, provides a path to economic security by reducing tax and regulatory burdens, eliminating wasteful spending of over $16 trillion, and balancing the federal budget within seven years.
According to Fox News, a section of the plan titled “Protects Americans from the Radical Woke Agenda” indicates a cessation of taxpayer funding for high-profile and controversial programs such as critical race theory. The plan also addresses the Biden administration’s “woke policies on abortion” within the military and aims to redirect funds toward more critical areas like defense against adversarial nations, particularly China.
Additionally, the plan advocates for numerous deregulatory measures to counteract excessive government overreach.
The RSC plan acknowledges the need to extend the solvency of Social Security and Medicare through bipartisan measures that support solvency without negatively affecting seniors in or near retirement. It also calls for expanding choice and competition within Medicare.
In response to the budget plan, the Biden administration, which had previously unveiled its own budget proposal with tax hikes for the wealthy, swiftly reacted. Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre’s statement, obtained by Newsmax, criticized the RSC’s budget as a detrimental attack on Medicare, Social Security, and Americans’ access to health coverage and prescription drugs. The statement highlighted concerns about repealing President Biden’s measures to negotiate lower drug costs, address rapid price increases, and cap the price of insulin for Medicare beneficiaries. It also raised objections to the proposed increase in the Social Security retirement age, noting that it contradicted the pledge made by Republicans in Congress during the President’s State of the Union address just months ago.