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Conservative Leaders Form Coalition Behind RSC COVID-19 Proposal

May 1, 2020
Press Release
18 groups signal support for COVID-19 offsets, overall spending controls

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, in a letter to House and Senate leaders, a coalition of conservative leaders representing 18 free-market and grassroots organizations expressed support for the Budget and Spending Pillar of the Republican Study Committee’s Conservative Framework for Recovery, Accountability, and Prosperity. Those recommendations include offsetting future COVID-19-related deficits and implementing a long-term spending control mechanism (click here for more information).

The letter is signed by leaders from the following groups:
Heritage Action for America, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, FreedomWorks, Taxpayers Protection Alliance, R Street Institute, Americans for Tax Reform, The Heartland Institute, Eagle Forum, Texas Public Policy Foundation, Independent Women’s Forum, Independent Women’s Voice, American Transparency, ForAmerica, American Conservative Union, National Taxpayers Union, ALEC Action, Taxpayers for Common Sense, and AMAC Action

Click here to view the full letter. An excerpt of the letter can be viewed below:

“Earlier this week, Republican Study Committee Chairman Mike Johnson and Representative Jim Banks, chairman of the RSC Budget and Spending Task Force, sent a letter to congressional leaders calling for offsets to future COVID-19-related spending and for a long-term spending control mechanism. We applaud and add our support to their efforts.

“The RSC has long been a voice of fiscal responsibility in Congress. In 2011, at the height of our nation’s focus on out-of-control spending, the RSC developed a three-part plan for lowering spending levels and reducing our debt. Known as ‘Cut, Cap, and Balance,’ their plan heavily influenced congressional leaders and played a large role in pushing Congress to adopt the Budget Control Act. While certainly not at the level of spending control necessary at that time, it had a positive impact on our overall spending for several years.”



  • On April 27, the RSC released the Conservative Framework for Recovery, Accountability, and Prosperity. The proposal adapts more than a year of internal RSC policy development to provide Congress with a solutions-oriented, 37-point blueprint for leading America though the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing economic recovery. Click here for an overview of the full framework.