June 16, 2016
Today at an event in National Statuary Hall, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, alongside other House Republican leaders, unveiled an initiative to restore self-government and the separation of powers. This plan lays out our vision for a Confident America in which our government listens to the people and upholds the Constitution.
This is the fourth plank of A Better Way, a bold agenda to tackle some of our country’s biggest challenges. Earlier, Republicans released initiatives on poverty, security, and the economy.
Our plan—available now at better.gop—offers a better way to do the people’s business, including ideas to:
- Put a stop to executive overreach. Subject agencies to more scrutiny from a Congress that writes clear laws and enforces clear lines of authority, a judiciary that expedites legal action against the executive branch, watchdogs that have more power, and a public that knows what it has a right to know.
- Rein in the regulators. Rewrite old rules so that regulations better reflect the will—and the input—of the people. Let’s make the bureaucrats jump through more hoops—and spend less money—for a change.
- Impose new limits on spending. Give Congress and the people the most say—and the final word—over who is spending their money, what it’s being spent on, where it’s being spent, when it’s being spent, and why it’s being spent.
- Increase transparency for taxpayers. Make the government catch up with the times and publish more data about how it does the people’s business. Sunlight really is the best disinfectant.
These ideas were developed by the Task Force on Restoring Constitutional Authority, which includes: Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY), Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), Oversight & Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), and Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX).
Chairman Rogers made the following statement on the plan:
“Our Founding Fathers spelled it out clearly in Article 1, Section 9, Clause 7 of the Constitution: ‘No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in consequence of Appropriations made by law.’ It is critical that Congress retain – and tighten – its power over federal appropriations. It is one of our most basic duties and one of our great responsibilities.
“The task force’s recommendations will help improve the way Congress functions, give the American people more control over their tax dollars, and ultimately, form a more perfect union, as our Founding Fathers intended.”
About A Better Way. A Better Way is a bold policy agenda to address some of the country’s biggest challenges. It takes our timeless principles—liberty, free enterprise, consent of the governed—and applies them to the problems of our time. Developed with input from around the country, it starts the debate now on what we can achieve in 2017 and beyond. It is our vision for a Confident America, at home and abroad. Now we are taking these ideas to the people, so you have a clear choice about the direction of the country. To learn more, visit better.gop.