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Congress Fumbles Opportunity to Assert Limited Government

Buried at the end of a January 4 story in the Washington Times on ethics rule changes was an effort by conservatives in the House to adopt new rules to rein in spending. According to Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R) of Texas, "We think its absolutely critical that people understand the Republican Party is still committed to limited government." The article noted that Hensarling and members of the Republican Study Committee (RSC) "offered several proposals to make it more difficult for the House to boost spending. All were defeated." In December, the National Taxpayers Union urged adoption of '10 Simple Rules,' and wrote in an open letter (requires Adobe Reader) to the House of Representatives, "Fiscal conservatives who are concerned about the overall size and growth of government should be supportive, but those who are concerned with preserving adequate funding levels for effective government programs also have incentives." The NTU letter lists the 10 proposed rule changes. A 'Web Memo' yesterday from the Heritage Foundation opined that it was 'A Bad Week for Limited Government,' and concluded, "Americans concerned about controlling the size of government can only hope the (RSC) members who sponsored the rejected rule changes will continue to press the stronger budget controls and will eventually prevail." A 'hat tip' to the Club for Growth's blogsite for the pointer to Heritage's Web Memo.

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