ColonelWest (R-PA) proposes Federal-to-State Grant Act
Bill fails @ColonelWest
Nay. Just eliminate the grants.
Nay. This will tank the entire South.
I like the intention of this to reduce spending by states and the federal government, but eliminating federal grants would be too extreme on many states where on average 25% of state spending is funded by federal grants. I have to vote nay.
Most states already have the requirement to balance their budgets. But what you are trying to do is cut off all federal aid to states and thereby make the federal govt worthless. It would also damn poor states to 3rd world status. Kiss yourself goodbye Deep South, KY, WV, etc
Sounds like an attempt to abolish the federal govt.
Yes. They need pressure to balance the budget or else it'll never happen
Oh so this isn't a federal overreach?
Nay. This is quite a bit of overreach for the federal government.
That's like telling the federal government they have 10 years to balance their budget and then they can no longer sell bonds. Ya it's a great idea, but it won't happen and just cause a huge shit storm
I don't know about this. I'm a big fan of block grants as a means of devolving decision making power from the federal government to the states. This pretty much eliminates that strategy and ensures that the federal government will continue to set one-size-fits-all policies into the future.
Agreed. I'm opposed to the bill for this reason.
Nay, too drastic.
Federal-to-State Grant Act
The States shall have ten years from the passing of this bill to balance their budgets so that they no longer need federal grants.
Exception: when federal law mandates an expense upon a state government, grants may be requested, for not more than ten years from the passing of said federal law.