Allen West on Budget & Economy
Was CEO of think tank that went bankrupt
In 2015, West was hired as chief executive officer of the Dallas-based National Center for Policy Analysis, a free market think tank credited with hatching such GOP policy advances as Health Savings Accounts and Roth IRAs.
In less than two years, the nonprofit was bankrupt. A chief financial officer hired during West's tenure embezzled more than $600,000, and the board ended up accusing West of mismanagement.
Source: Dallas Morning News on 2022 Texas Gubernatorial race
, Jul 4, 2021
Voted YES on terminating the Home Affordable mortgage Program.
Congressional Summary: Amends the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 to terminate providing new mortgage modification assistance under the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), except with respect to existing obligations on behalf of homeowners already extended an offer to participate in the program.
Proponent's Argument for voting Yes:
[Rep. Biggert, R-IL]: The HAMP Termination Act would put an end to the poster child for failed Federal foreclosure programs. The program has languished for 2 years, hurt hundreds of thousands of homeowners, and must come to an end. This bill would save $1.4 billion over 10 years. To date, the HAMP program has already consumed $840 million of the more than $30 billion of TARP funds that were set aside for the program. For this extraordinary investment, the administration predicted that 3 to 4 million homeowners would receive help.
HAMP has hurt more homeowners than it has helped. The program has completed about 540,000 mortgage modifications. Another 740,000 unlucky homeowners had their modifications cancelled.
Opponent's Argument for voting No:
Reference: The HAMP Termination Act;
; vote number 11-HV198
on Mar 29, 2011
[Rep. Capuano, D-MA]: This is a program that I'm the first to admit has not lived up to what our hopes were. This program we had hoped would help several million people. Thus far we've only helped about 550,000 people. But to simply repeal all of these programs is to walk away from individual homeowners, walk away from neighborhoods. I'm not going to defend every single aspect of this program, and I am happy to work with anyone to make it better, to help more people to keep their homes, & keep their families together. To simply walk away without offering an alternative means we don't care; this Congress doesn't care if you lose your home, period. Now, I understand if that makes me a bleeding-heart liberal according to some people, so be it.
Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution.
West signed Balanced Budget Amendment
Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States:
RESOLVED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled (2/3rds of each House concurring therein), That the article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of 3/4ths of the several States within 7 years after the date of its submission for ratification.
- Prohibits outlays for a fiscal year (except those for repayment of debt principal) from exceeding total receipts for that fiscal year (except those derived from borrowing) unless Congress, by a 3/5ths rollcall vote of each chamber, authorizes a specific excess of outlays over receipts.
- Requires a 3/5ths rollcall vote of each chamber to increase the public debt limit.
- Directs the President to submit a balanced budget to Congress annually.
- Prohibits any bill to increase revenue from becoming law unless approved by a majority of each chamber by rollcall vote.
- Authorizes waivers of these provisions when a declaration of war is in effect or under other specified circumstances involving military conflict.
This article shall take effect beginning with the later of the second fiscal year beginning after its ratification or the first fiscal year beginning after December 31, 2016.
Source: H.J.Res.2 11-HJRES2 on Jan 5, 2011
Ban roadway signs indicating Recovery Act funding.
West co-sponsored End the Stimulus Advertisement Act
Prohibits the use of funds appropriated or otherwise made available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) for physical signage indicating that a project is funded by such Act.
Under appropriations for FY2012 and FY2013, the total amount available for administrative expenses of an affected agency shall be the amount that would otherwise be available, reduced by 50% of the amount reported to have been expended before the enactment of this Act for such signage.
Requires the head of each affected agency to deposit such reduction amount in the general fund of the Treasury for purposes of deficit reduction.
Source: H.R.389 11-HR0389 on Jan 20, 2011
Apply all remaining stimulus funds to budget deficit.
West co-sponsored RESET Act
A BILL: To rescind unobligated stimulus funds and require that such funds be used for Federal budget deficit reduction. This Act may be cited as the "Recovering Excessive Stimulus Expenditures for Taxpayers (RESET) Act."
Source: HR620/S391 11-HR0620 on Feb 17, 2011
- Rescission of Unobligated Stimulus Funds: Effective on the date of the enactment of this section, there are rescinded all unobligated balances of the discretionary appropriations made available by division A of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5).
- Use for Deficit Reduction: All appropriations rescinded shall be deposited in the general fund of the Treasury and used for Federal budget deficit reduction.
Supports the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge.
West signed the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge to limit government
[The Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge is sponsored by a coalition of several hundred Tea Party, limited-government, and conservative organizations].
Despite our nation's staggering $14.4 trillion debt, there are many Members of the U.S. House and Senate who want to raise our nation's debt limit without making permanent reforms in our fiscal policies. We believe that this is a fiscally irresponsible position that would place America on the Road to Ruin. At the same time, we believe that the current debate over raising the debt limit provides a historic opportunity to focus public attention, and then public policy, on a path to a balanced budget and paying down our debt.
We believe that the "Cut, Cap, Balance" plan for substantial spending cuts in FY 2012, a statutory spending cap, and Congressional passage of a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution is the minimum necessary precondition to raising the debt limit.
The ultimate goal is to get us back to a point where increases in the debt limit are no longer necessary. If you agree, take the Cut, Cap, Balance Pledge!
Source: Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge 12-CCB on Jan 1, 2012
I pledge to urge my Senators and Member of the House of Representatives to oppose any debt limit increase unless all three of the following conditions have been met:
- Cut: Substantial cuts in spending that will reduce the deficit next year and thereafter.
- Cap: Enforceable spending caps that will put federal spending on a path to a balanced budget.
- Balance: Congressional passage of a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution -- but only if it includes both a spending limitation and a super-majority for raising taxes, in addition to balancing revenues and expenses.
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