Senator Mark Pryor responds to my email

Senator Mark Pryor wants our ideas on how to cut federal spending and I sent them to him but he didn’t take any of my suggestions.

However, he did take time to get back to me today, but I am not too impressed with Senator Pryor’s response. I gave him hundreds of ideas about how to cut spending and as far as I can tell he has taken none of my suggestions. You can find some of my suggestions here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here,  here, and  here, and they all were emailed to him. In fact, I have written 13 posts pointing out reasons why I believe Senator Pryor’s re-election attempt will be unsuccessful.

Here is his response:

September 6, 2012

Dear Mr. Hatcher,

Thank you for contacting me regarding across-the-board cuts to federal programs scheduled to take effect in 2013. I appreciate hearing from you. 

On August, 2, 2011, Congress passed the Budget Control Act of 2011 (Public Law 112-25), which made nearly $1 trillion in initial spending cuts. To achieve additional, long-term savings, the law created a bipartisan select committee to make recommendations to reduce deficits by an additional $1.5 trillion over the next ten years. The law also created an enforcement mechanism to automatically sequester $1.2 trillion from federal spending if the select committee failed to agree on a deficit reduction package. 

I am disappointed that the members of the select committee could not reach an agreement. As a result, $1.2 trillion in spending cuts will automatically take effect in January 2013. Cuts will come from both defense and non-defense programs, though Social Security, Medicaid, veterans’ benefits and healthcare, and certain programs for low-income families will be exempted. Further, cuts to Medicare are limited to 2% and only apply to provider payments.

It was my sincere hope that the select committee would recommend a balanced deficit reduction package to put our country on a fiscally sustainable path. I am very concerned that the indiscriminate cuts from the sequester will be disproportionately harmful to rural states like Arkansas, to senior citizens, and to our military’s ability to respond to threats. 

Along with many of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, I have been working and will continue to work on solving our nation’s fiscal challenges. I believe Congress can pass a bipartisan, balanced long-term budget plan that reduces our national debt while protecting our most vulnerable citizens. Hearing from Arkansans such as yourself helps me make better decisions, and I will be sure to keep your specific comments in mind as the Senate addresses this issue. 

Again, thank you for contacting me. I value your input. Please do not hesitate to contact me or my office regarding this or any other matter of concern to you.

 
Sincerely,

Mark Pryor
United States Senate

Save money at the pump by taking the Drive Smarter Challenge: www.drivesmarterchallenge.org

Please Note, this is not a monitored email account. Due to the sheer volume of correspondence I receive, I ask that constituents please contact me via my website with any responses or additional concerns.

___________

Below is an excellent plan to balance the budget through spending cuts from Chris Edwards of the Cato Institute written in April of 2011. I sent this to Senator Pryor too but it was ignored too. 

A Plan to Cut Spending and Balance the Federal Budget

by Chris Edwards, Cato Institute

Introduction
Reducing Spending over 10 Years
Spending Cut Details
Subsidies to Individuals and Businesses
Aid to State and Local Governments
Military Expenses
Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security
Privatization
Conclusions

Spending Cut Details

Table 1 lists the proposed annual cuts for the balanced budget plan. By 2021, these include $150 billion in defense cuts and $490 billion in cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and the 2010 health care law. The table also includes other discretionary and entitlement cuts valued at $445 billion in 2011. With the assumed revenues, all these spending cuts would be saving the government $260 billion in annual interest costs by 2021.7 All in all, total spending in 2021 under this plan would be about $1.4 trillion lower than under either the CBO baseline or the president’s budget.

As a technical note, most of the figures in Table 1 are outlays for fiscal 2011 from President Obama’s fiscal 2012 budget.8 These cuts are expressed in 2011 dollars, but I’ve assumed that the value of these cuts would grow over time at the same rate as discretionary spending in the CBO baseline. The cuts in Table 1 marked with an asterisk are expressed in 2021 dollars and are generally based on CBO estimates.

The reforms listed in the table are deeper than the “duplication” and “waste” items often mentioned by federal policymakers, such as earmarks. The reality is that the nation faces a fiscal emergency, and we need to cut hundreds of billions of dollars of “meat” from federal departments, not just the obvious “fat.” If the activities to be cut are useful to society, then state governments or private groups should fund them, and those entities would probably be more efficient at doing so.

The cuts in Table 1 are illustrative of how to begin getting the federal budget under control. Further reforms are needed in addition to these cuts, particularly structural changes to Medicare. But the important thing is to start cutting right away because the longer we wait, the deeper the pile of debt we will have to dig out from.

Table 1 includes cuts to individual and business subsidies, cuts to state aid, cuts to military expenses, cuts to the growth in entitlement programs, and privatization of federal activities. The sections following the table discuss these various types of cuts, and further analysis of the cuts is available at www.DownsizingGovernment.org.

Table 1
Proposed Federal Budget Cuts
Agency and Activity   Annual Savings
     
$ billion
Department of Agriculture    
  End farm subsidies   29.5
  Cut food subsidies by 50 percent   52.7
  End rural subsidies   4.2
  Total cuts   86.4
Department of Commerce    
  End telecom subsidies   2.3
  End economic development subsidies   0.6
  Total cuts   2.9
Department of Defense    
  Enact Preble/Friedman reforms**   150.0
Department of Education    
  End K-12 education subsidies   52.7
  End student aid and all other programs   33.1
  Total cuts (terminate the department)   85.8
Department of Energy    
  End subsidies for energy efficiency   10.2
  End subsidies for vehicle technologies   5.2
  End the technology loan program   1.2
  End electricity research subsidies   2.0
  End fossil energy research   1.1
  Privatize the power marketing administrations   0.5
  End nuclear energy subsidies   0.6
  Total cuts   20.8
Department of Health and Human Services    
  Block grant Medicaid and freeze spending**   226.0
  Repeal 2010 health care law**   87.0
  Increase Medicare premiums**   39.8
  Cut non-Medicaid state/local grants by 50%   37.7
  Cut Medicare payment error rate by 50%   28.6
  Increase Medicare deductibles**   12.6
  Tort reform   10.0
  Total cuts   441.7
Department of Housing and Urban Development    
  End rental assistance   28.6
  End community development subsidies   15.0
  End public housing subsidies   8.9
  End housing finance and all other programs   8.3
  Total cuts (terminate the department)   60.8
Department of Justice    
  End state and local grants   5.0
Department of Labor    
  End employment and training services   4.8
  End Job Corps   1.7
  End Community Service for Seniors   0.8
  End trade adjustment assistance   1.3
  Total cuts   8.6
Social Security    
  Price index initial benefits**   41.1
  Raise the normal retirement age**   31.4
  Cut Social Security disability program by 10%   13.2
  Total cuts   85.7
Department of Transportation    
  End urban transit grants (federal fund savings)   5.8
  Privatize air traffic control (federal fund savings)   5.8
  Privatize Amtrak and end rail subsidies   2.9
  Total cuts   14.5
Department of the Treasury    
  Cut earned income tax credit by 50%   22.5
  End refundable part of child tax credit   22.9
  Total cuts   45.4
Other Savings    
  Cut federal civilian compensation costs 10%   29.6
  Cut foreign development aid by 50%   5.2
  Cut NASA spending by 50%   9.8
  Privatize the Corps of Engineers (Civil Works)   10.6
  Repeal Davis-Bacon labor rules   9.0
  End EPA state and local grants   6.5
  End foreign military financing   5.4
  End subsidies for the Corp. for Nat. Comm. Srv.   0.6
  End subsidies to the Corp. for Public Broadcasting   0.5
  End the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corp.   0.2
  Total cuts   77.4
Grand total annual spending cuts   $1,084.9
Note: Data items are outlays for fiscal 2011, but items with ** refer to the value of savings in 2021.

Related posts:

Senator Pryor asks for Spending Cut Suggestions! Here are a few!(Part 115)

Senator Mark Pryor wants our ideas on how to cut federal spending. Take a look at this video clip below: Senator Pryor has asked us to send our ideas to him at cutspending@pryor.senate.gov and I have done so in the past and will continue to do so in the future. On May 11, 2011,  I […]

Senator Pryor asks for Spending Cut Suggestions! Here are a few!(Part 114)

Senator Mark Pryor wants our ideas on how to cut federal spending. Take a look at this video clip below: Senator Pryor has asked us to send our ideas to him at cutspending@pryor.senate.gov and I have done so in the past and will continue to do so in the future. On May 11, 2011,  I […]

Senator Pryor asks for Spending Cut Suggestions! Here are a few!(Part 113)

Alexis Garcia reports on America’s exploding debt. Experts blame entitlements like Social Security and government spending. But what is the solution? Can we raise taxes without crushing the economy and the middle class? Does Obama really want to lower the debt, or does he support continued deficit spending? See interviews with Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Brian Riedl, […]

Senator Pryor asks for Spending Cut Suggestions! Here are a few!(Part 112)

Senator Mark Pryor wants our ideas on how to cut federal spending. Take a look at this video clip below: Senator Pryor has asked us to send our ideas to him at cutspending@pryor.senate.gov and I have done so in the past and will continue to do so in the future. On May 11, 2011,  I […]

My philosophy and my favorite blog posts

I have got several comments during the last 35 weeks that my blog has been in existence and the reaction as been positive and negative. My evangelical and conservative political views have generated the most vocal response. Here are some of my favorite blog posts: 27 Club How should we then live? Series by Francis […]

Senator Pryor asks for Spending Cut Suggestions! Here are a few!(Part 111)

Senator Mark Pryor wants our ideas on how to cut federal spending. Take a look at this video clip below: Senator Pryor has asked us to send our ideas to him at cutspending@pryor.senate.gov and I have done so in the past and will continue to do so in the future. On May 11, 2011,  I […]

Senator Pryor asks for Spending Cut Suggestions! Here are a few!(Part 110)

Senator Mark Pryor wants our ideas on how to cut federal spending. Take a look at this video clip below: Senator Pryor has asked us to send our ideas to him at cutspending@pryor.senate.gov and I have done so in the past and will continue to do so in the future. On May 11, 2011,  I […]

Pryor changing his views? Brummett says no!

Today in John Brummett’s article, “A Pryor offense? Surely not,” Arkansas News Bureau, August 28, 2011, noted: Meantime, another e-mailer, a Democrat in Northwest Arkansas, was highly agitated that Pryor had sounded from press reports like a doctrinaire Republican in this Rotary address, advocating cuts to Social Security and Medicare while extolling a corporate giant like […]

Senator Pryor asks for Spending Cut Suggestions! Here are a few!(Part 109)

Senator Mark Pryor wants our ideas on how to cut federal spending. Take a look at this video clip below: Senator Pryor has asked us to send our ideas to him at cutspending@pryor.senate.gov and I have done so in the past and will continue to do so in the future. On May 11, 2011,  I […]

Reasons why Mark Pryor will be defeated in 2014 (Part 13)

It is apparent from this statement below that Senator Mark Pryor is against the Balanced Budget Amendment. He has voted against it over and over like his father did and now I will give reasons in this series why Senator Pryor will be defeated in his re-election bid in 2014. However, first I wanted to […]

Reasons why Mark Pryor will be defeated in 2014 (Part 12)

It is apparent from this statement below that Senator Mark Pryor is against the Balanced Budget Amendment. He has voted against it over and over like his father did and now I will give reasons in this series why Senator Pryor will be defeated in his re-election bid in 2014. However, first I wanted to […]

Reasons why Mark Pryor will be defeated in 2014 (Part 11)

It is apparent from this statement below that Senator Mark Pryor is against the Balanced Budget Amendment. He has voted against it over and over like his father did and now I will give reasons in this series why Senator Pryor will be defeated in his re-election bid in 2014. However, first I wanted to […]

Reasons why Mark Pryor will be defeated in 2014 (Part 10)

It is apparent from this statement below that Senator Mark Pryor is against the Balanced Budget Amendment. He has voted against it over and over like his father did and now I will give reasons in this series why Senator Pryor will be defeated in his re-election bid in 2014. However, first I wanted to […]

Reasons why Mark Pryor will be defeated in 2014 (Part 9)

It is apparent from this statement below that Senator Mark Pryor is against the Balanced Budget Amendment. He has voted against it over and over like his father did and now I will give reasons in this series why Senator Pryor will be defeated in his re-election bid in 2014. However, first I wanted to […]

Reasons why Mark Pryor will be defeated in 2014 (Part 8)

It is apparent from this statement below that Senator Mark Pryor is against the Balanced Budget Amendment. He has voted against it over and over like his father did and now I will give reasons in this series why Senator Pryor will be defeated in his re-election bid in 2014. However, first I wanted to […]

Reasons why Mark Pryor will be defeated in 2014 (Part 7)

It is apparent from this statement below that Senator Mark Pryor is against the Balanced Budget Amendment. He has voted against it over and over like his father did and now I will give reasons in this series why Senator Pryor will be defeated in his re-election bid in 2014. However, first I wanted to […]

Reasons why Mark Pryor will be defeated in 2014 (Part 6)

It is apparent from this statement below that Senator Mark Pryor is against the Balanced Budget Amendment. He has voted against it over and over like his father did and now I will give reasons in this series why Senator Pryor will be defeated in his re-election bid in 2014. However, first I wanted to […]

Reasons why Mark Pryor will be defeated in 2014 (Part 5)

It is apparent from this statement below that Senator Mark Pryor is against the Balanced Budget Amendment. He has voted against it over and over like his father did and now I will give reasons in this series why Senator Pryor will be defeated in his re-election bid in 2014. However, first I wanted to […]

Reasons why Mark Pryor will be defeated in 2014 (Part 4)

It is apparent from this statement below that Senator Mark Pryor is against the Balanced Budget Amendment. He has voted against it over and over like his father did and now I will give reasons in this series why Senator Pryor will be defeated in his re-election bid in 2014. However, first I wanted to […]

Advertisements
Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: