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Rehberg-Rubio Bill Tops NTU’s List of “No Brainer” Bills Congress Should Pass

Aug 12, 2011 | Blog

The National Taxpayers Union (NTU) released a list of “12 ‘No-Brainer’ Bills Congress Should Pass for Taxpayers.”

“The following list – by no means exhaustive – is a collection of reforms that should have bipartisan appeal due to their obvious and practical nature,” the release stated. “Only politicians concerned about a small special interest, or completely uncommitted to improving government, could stand against these no brainers.”

Two bills Senator Rubio introduced made the list.

Coming in at the top of the list was The REFUND Act.

“The REFUND Act (H.R. 1358/S. 1009), introduced by Representative Denny Rehberg (R-MT) in the House, and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) in the Senate, is perhaps the king on the ‘no-brainers’ in light of our massive debt. The bill would allow states that refuse federal funding to redirect that money to pay down the national debt, rather than allow it to be redistributed to other, less fiscally prudent states. This would short circuit the “use-it-or-lose-it” approach to accepting and spending federal grant money that has been a major contributor to Washington’s overspending problem.”

Seventh on the list was The Decrease Spending Now Act.

“The Decrease Spending Now Act (H.R. 1111/S. 726) is the work of Representative Tom Price (R-GA), and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL). This bill is a very straightforward deficit reduction measure that would rescind unobligated federal funds and use them to pay down the deficit. An Office of Management and Budget report found an estimated $703 billion in previously obligated but never-expended resources sitting in department coffers. These unspent resources do not have some dependent constituency subject to immediate hardship should they not be spent, making passage of this bill a much saner alternative to raising taxes on overburdened Americans.”

NTU is a nonprofit, non-partisan citizen group whose members advocate for lower taxes and smaller government at all levels.