Senator Paul Unveils "A Platform to Revitalize America"

This morning, Senators Paul, Lee, and DeMint introduced a FY 2013 budget that balances over the next five years and results in the elimination of four cabinet level departments, Commerce, Education, Energy, and Housing and Urban Development along with privatizing the TSA.

Below is the accompanying press release that includes a link to the full budget summary:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Rand Paul today unveiled his FY2013 budget, “A Platform to Revitalize America,” a plan that would balance the budget in five years, significantly reduce spending, and restore fiscal order to Washington. The only budget proposal that balances within the Balanced Budget Amendment window, a measure supported by all 47 Republican Senators, the Platform to Revitalize America is a bold and necessary approach to tackling our ever-increasing debt and wasteful spending. At a press conference in the U.S. Capitol this afternoon, Sen. Paul was joined by co-sponsors Sens. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), where he laid out the details of his plan, which would bring spending below historical average in the very first year. Following the press conference, Sen. Paul issued the following statement.

“Americans deserve not only to have the debt reduced, but to have every taxpayer dollar spent more wisely. While Washington continues to spend recklessly and ignore the ever-growing deficit, I am offering a plan that will address this country’s looming debt crisis in a truly timely manner – balancing the budget in just five years,” Sen. Paul said. “The time has come for a change that will restore fiscal order in this country, and I will do everything in my power to ensure that this happens.”

"The biggest problem facing the nation right now is the out-of-control spending and borrowing. The Budget Control Act doesn't address the underlying problems, and it's been well over 1,000 days since Senate Democrats passed a budget. I stand behind anyone who is willing to confront this issue through a serious proposal that will put us on the path toward a balanced budget," Sen. Lee said.

"This balanced budget makes the commonsense decision that we've got to stop spending more than we're bringing in," said Senator DeMint. "Already, what was once considered unthinkable has occurred: the creditworthiness and economic outlook of the United States of America has been downgraded. This is more than a national embarrassment, it’s an indication that the world is losing confidence in America's ability to pay our bills and of our government to change course. This budget shows we can stop the debt crisis, improve our economy, expand freedom, and secure the future for our children and grandchildren."

Below you will find top-line points regarding the Platform to Revitalize America. Click HERE to view the budget overview in its entirety.

·         Balances the budget in five years by addressing spending cuts and reforms across the board

o   The Platform to Revitalize America is the ONLY budget proposal that balances within the Balanced Budget Amendment window (which all 47 Republican Senators support)

SPENDING: This budget proposal significantly reduces spending relative to both the President’s budget and the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) baseline. It also brings spending below the historical average of 19.6 percent of GDP in the first year, eventually reaching sustainable levels below historic revenues. Based on current CBO baseline, the budget would spend $8 trillion less over the next 10 years.

·         Brings federal spending below historical average in very first year

o   Reduces spending by nearly $11 trillion relative to the President’s budget

o   Achieves a $111 billion surplus in FY2017

o   Remains in surplus after initial balance, pays off $2 trillion of national debt in 10-year window

o   Includes entitlement reform for Medicare and Social Security

§  Block-grants Medicaid, SCHIP, foods stamps, and child nutrition

§  Preserves Social Security and fixes trust fund over 75 years

§  Preserves Medicare by giving all seniors the same health care plan as Members of Congress

o   Reduces most discretionary spending to FY2008 levels

o   Defense: Eliminates FY2013 sequester cuts

o   Freezes foreign aid spending at $5 billion per year

o   Defunds duplicative or wasteful agencies and programs

o   Sells off excess federal properties and land

o   Eliminates the Davis-Bacon prevailing wages provisions

o   Liquidates government ownership of “bailout” companies

·         Eliminates unnecessary bureaucracy

o   Eliminates:

§  Department of Commerce

§  Department of Education (preserves Pell grants)

§  Department of Housing and Urban Development

§  Department of Energy (transfers nuclear research and weapons to Department of Defense)

o   Privatizes Transportation Security Agency

·         Repeals Obamacare and Dodd-Frank

·         Opens Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil and gas exploration

·         Permits the Keystone XL Pipeline project

REVENUE: This budget provides a number of incentives to increase investment. By allowing Americans and businesses to keep more of their money, we will quicken the pace of deleveraging, allowing the economy to find its equilibrium, facilitating growth and employment.

·         Tax Reform

o   17 percent flat tax for individuals and corporations

o   Pro-growth and globally competitive

ENTITLEMENT REFORM: The Social Security reform proposal includes two main provisions: a gradual increase in the retirement age and progressive indexing. The budget also includes reform of Medicare through the Congressional Health Care for Seniors Act. This reform will provide seniors with better health care at a lower cost to the senior and to the taxpayers. Seniors will receive the same health insurance as their Members of Congress, at lower out-of-pocket cost.

·         Social Security

o   Increase the retirement age over time, protecting beneficiaries

o   Progressive Indexing, slows the growth of benefits for high-income and increases benefits for low-income individuals

·         Medicare

o   Gives all seniors the same health care plan as Members of Congress

REGULATIONS: This budget supports adoption of the REINS Act, which seeks to require all major regulations – that is, regulations with an economic impact of over $100 million – to be approved by an up-or-down Congressional vote before they can take effect. In requiring this, REINS allows Congress to re-assert its lawmaking authority over regulatory agencies to ensure that the agency has produced a rule that reflects what Congress intended.

·         Apply regulatory analysis requirements to independent agencies

·         Adopt the REINS (Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny) Act

·         Sunset on regulations

·         Regulatory process reform

Incorporation of formal rulemaking for major rules

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