WASHINGTON (June 9, 2022)—Today, the Republican Study Committee (RSC), released their “Blueprint to Save America,” a legislative framework aimed at reducing the burden of government on individuals and the economy. Decades of overspending and unwillingness to make tough choices have spurred massive debts and deficits that have placed a growing stranglehold on our prosperity. R Street Institute experts respond to key priorities below that could help reverse this disastrous course.

Entitlement and Budget Reforms
“In a time of high inflation and continued budget deficits, it’s encouraging to see the RSC working to get our fiscal house in order. We must tackle the short-term spending that is feeding higher prices, as well as reform the structural problems that threaten our long-term fiscal solvency. I applaud the RSC for presenting a number of policy solutions to address these problems, including entitlement reforms, the rescinding of unused appropriations and increased transparency over spending decisions.”
Jonathan Bydlak, Director, Governance Program

Reducing Barriers to Employment
“We always appreciate the RSC focusing on occupational licensing reform in their reports. For years, they have been finding new ways to decrease the harm that unnecessary or overly burdensome licenses pose to Americans.”
Shoshana Weissmann, Fellow

Energy and Regulatory Reforms
“You can only cut pollution as fast as you can build new energy and infrastructure to replace the old. A focus on cutting red tape is always welcome, as regulatory inefficiency is one of the biggest barriers to clean energy growth today. Putting a priority on regulatory clarity and improving timelines can help reduce energy costs and pave the way for cleaner energy.”
Philip Rossetti, Resident Senior Fellow, Energy Program

Reducing Wasteful Spending and Increasing Accountability
“RSC has laid out clear options for significant reforms to costly and distortive subsidies and spending that too often provide the most benefit to those who need it the least. In addition to rooting out blatantly wasteful programs, such as the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) catfish inspection program, the plan also identifies key opportunities for reining in executive branch overreach and increasing congressional oversight from the USDA Commodity Credit Corporation to national emergency declarations.”
Nan Swift, Fellow, Governance Program