Conservative Action Project

The Conservative Movement wholeheartedly supports President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal.

Any budget is a series of compromises, between what is ideal and what is achievable. Conservatives know that Rome wasn’t built — or burned — in a day. Nevertheless, the Conservative Movement rightly expected the Trump administration to start any budget negotiations closer to the ideal than any administration has been able to for decades.

And that is what it has done. The proposed budget is a major step in the right direction, even though it does not save a lot of money compared to the total budget. But even the savings it does achieve, one percent, just 1%, of the discretionary budget, is a major achievement. Most budgets increase spending. This one shrinks it.

Critics will cry foul: they will say the cuts are draconian. But it simply cannot be that the country cannot survive a 1 percent reduction in the discretionary budget. Families across America do that, and a lot more besides, every year. This budget will demonstrate that it is possible to cut spending without having the oceans begin to rise or the planet beginning to suffer.

And even though the budget is still high, how the money is saved is significant. It is saved by eliminating programs that have no constitutional justification, thereby returning the government of the country to its proper constitutional basis. That in itself is a major achievement and one that conservatives can build on in the future.

This budget eliminates all $148 million for the National Endowment for the Arts, all $148 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities, the $230 million Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the $445 million for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, including PBS and NPR. $445 million may not seem like a lot of money to some congressmen, but many Americans go their entire lives without seeing that kind of money.

And in addition, the budget completely eliminates the following agencies:

African Development Foundation
Appalachian Regional Commission
Chemical Safety Board
Corporation for National and Community Service
Delta Regional Authority
Denali Commission
Inter-American Foundation
U.S. Trade and Development Agency
Legal Services Corporation
Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation
Northern Border Regional Commission
Overseas Private Investment Corporation
U.S. Institute of Peace
U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

The conservative joke going around Washington these days is, “What do you call the elimination of 19 federal agencies?” You guessed it: “A beginning.”

This is a budget conservatives are happy to support enthusiastically.

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Former Attorney General
President Ronald Reagan
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Chairman, Conservative Action Project
Former White House Advisor, President Ronald Reagan
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U.S. House of Representatives
Former Member, Ohio
William L. Walton
Vice President
Council for National Policy
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Let Freedom Ring, Inc.
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Club for Growth
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Former Domestic Advisor
President Ronald Reagan
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Conservative Attorney
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Former Executive Director
Senate Steering Committee
Michael A. Needham
Chief Executive Officer
Heritage Action for America
Alfred S. Regnery
Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund
Neil Patel
Co-Founder and Publisher
The Daily Caller
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Constitutional Congress, Inc.
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Co-Founder and CEO
Tea Party Patriots
The Honorable James C. Miller III
Budget Director
President Reagan (1985-1988)
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Leading The Way PAC
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Webster, Chamberlain & Bean
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Coalition for a Fair Judiciary
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Liberty Consulting
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Vice President of Legislative Affairs
Christian Coalition of America
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Western Center for Journalism
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National Federation of Republican Assemblies
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Advance Arkansas Institute
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American Values
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Washington Bureau Chief
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Young Conservatives Coalition
Rick Scarborough
Vision America Action
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Morris & De La Rosa
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Director of Communications
Life Issues Institute
David N. Bossie
Citizens United
Heather R. Higgins
President and CEO
Independent Women’s Voice
Sabrina Schaeffer
Executive Director
Independent Women’s Forum
Richard Manning
Americans for Limited Government
Haley E. Martin
The Martin Foundation
Rod D. Martin
The Martin Organization, Inc.
Sherri R. Martin
Executive Vice President
The Martin Organization, Inc.
Nicholas Stehle
Campaign for the American Future
Evelio Silvera
Campaign for the American Future
Jerry Melvin
Florida Republican Assembly
Shawn A. Mitchell
National Chaplain, National Federation of Republican Assemblies
Grover Glenn Norquist
Americans for Tax Reform
Peter J. Thomas
Americans for Constitutional Liberty
Kenneth F. Boehm
National Legal and Policy Center
Charlie Gerow
Vice Chairman
American Conservative Union
Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D
Board Chair
Institute on Religion and Democracy and Board Executive Committee, World Congress of Families
Lou Cordia
Cordia and Associates
Judson Phillips
Tea Party Nation
L. Brent Bozell, III
Founder and President
Media Research Center
Elaine Donnelly
Center for Military Readiness
The Honorable Ken Cuccinelli II
Senate Conservatives Fund
Lisa Calvert
Christian Speaker and Teacher
Rabon-Calvert Interests
Robert K. Fischer
Meeting Coordinator
Conservatives of Faith
Gayle Trotter
American Women’s Alliance
The Honorable Belden Bell
Cochair Legacy Society
Heritage Foundation
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Managing Partner
Antietam Communications
Kevin D. Freeman
NSIC Institute
Allen Hebert
American-Chinese Fellowship of Houston
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Retired President and Chairman
Capital Research Center
James L. Martin
60 Plus Association
Susan A. Carleson
American Civil Rights Union
Susan Walton Gore
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Eagle Forum
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Young America’s Foundation
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Eagle Forum
The Honorable Mike Spence
Founding President
Conservative Republicans of California
Thomas A. Schatz
Citizens Against Government Waste
Michael J. Bowen
Coalition for a Strong America
Lisa B. Nelson
Chief Executive Officer
The Jeffersonian Project
Dee Hodges
Maryland Taxpayers Association
Sandy Rios
Director of Governmental Affairs
American Family Association
The Honorable Michael R. Long
State Chairman
New York State Conservative Party
James C. Dobson Ph.D.
Founder & President
Family Talk
Robert D. Thompson
Former Administrator
The Weyrich Lunch
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President, Operation Rescue
Co-Founder, Center for Medical Progress
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The Carlstrom Group, LLC
Dan Weber
Association of Mature American Citizens
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Revive America PAC
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Executive Director
Tea Party Express
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Capitol Resource Institute
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President and CEO
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Richard G. Lee
There’s Hope America, Atlanta, GA
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Bennett Int. Group, Inc.
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Bennett Int. Group, Inc.
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Admiral Property Company
Richard Scurry
The Bible Literacy Project
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Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.
Lee A. Beaman
Chief Executive Officer
Beaman Automotive
Raymond Thompson
Thompson Precision
Lew Uhler
National Tax Limitation Committee
Richard A. Viguerie
Richard P. Bott, II
Bott Radio Network
Richard P. Bott, Sr.
Bott Radio Network
Gary A. Marx
Madison Strategies, LLC.
Ted Baehr
Chairman and CEO
Richard Falknor
Blue Ridge Forum
The Honorable Tom DeLay
Former Majority Leader
US House of Representatives
J. Keet Lewis, III
Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Lewis Group International
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President and Partner
Shirley & Banister Public Affairs