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Rand Paul’s Plan to Balance the Budget by 2023 Will Get a Senate Vote This Week

The Senate will vote this week—likely Thursday—on Rand Paul’s budget plan, which would balance the federal budget by 2023 by cutting $400 billion next year and capping future spending increases.
Passing the Kentucky Republican’s so-called “Penny Plan” would be a dramatic reversal for Congress, which earlier this year approved enormous spending hikes that busted Obama-era spending caps and threaten to put the country on pace for a $1 trillion annual deficits. The bill is not expected to pass, but Paul tells Politico that it will be a “litmus test for Republicans who claim to be conservative, but are only too happy to grow the federal government and increase our debt.”
Relative to current baseline projections, Paul’s proposal calls for a $404 billion spending cut in fiscal year 2019, which begins on October 1. After that, Congress would be required to cap spending increases at 1 percent annually. Over the next 10 years,

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