The Budget Book: 106 Ways to Reduce the Size and Scope of the Government

In its long-term projections, the CBO warns that failure to get spending and debt under control include a slower economy, a national security risk, and limitations in responding to unexpected challenges. Almost half of all federal spending goes to entitlements; entitlement reform involves complex and extensive policy changes. The Heritage Foundation’s recommendations for spending reforms in the Department of Defense come with a unique caveat: any savings should be reinvested back into strengthening the country’s defense capabilities. Despite the overall Washington spending spree of the last 20 years, defense has not been adequately funded. As Congress takes up the challenge of cutting spending, these recommendations should be part of their plan. The proposals in this volume offer Members of Congress who pledged to get government spending under control specific recommendations that can make their promises concrete.

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