Dead Men Ruling

Testimony

Dead Men Ruling

July 6, 2016

Abstract

C. Eugene Steuerle testified before the House Judiciary Committee’s Task Force on Executive Overreach during a hearing titled “The Federal Government on Autopilot: Mandatory Spending and the Entitlement Crisis.” Steuerle discussed the decline of “fiscal democracy” (i.e., the percentage of current revenues that is precommitted to programs that require no vote by Congress) over the past several decades because of automatic increases in some forms of mandatory spending, the corresponding growth in tax subsidies, and a rise in interests costs.

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