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house Bill H. Res. 207

Creating a "National Strategic Agenda" With Goals for U.S. Progress

Argument in favor

These are ambitious goals, but they are worthwhile goals that are worth working towards as soon as possible. As President Kennedy once said, “the United States has to move very fast to even stand still.”

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06/08/2015
Reaching for the stars will at least get you off the ground. These goals are worthwhile bipartisan pursuits. AKA Hug a puppy bill.
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05/28/2015
This doesn't seem to actually do much of anything, but the sentiment of it seems fine.
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Sterling's Opinion
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05/28/2015
We need an agenda but no one will agree on one
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Argument opposed

How about setting goals to work across the aisle and actually pass legislation? What about tackling the problems at hand instead of inventing pie in the sky goals? Why does Congress have time to coordinate these ideas and not actually legislate?

ark4162's Opinion
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05/28/2015
Balance the budget by 2030? Are you fricking kidding me? We won't have a country if we run deficits till then. How about balance it THIS year and EVERY year? How about a balanced budget amendment? How about 0 base budgeting? How about using GAAP?
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ThomasParker's Opinion
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05/27/2015
Americans do not agree on policies or goals, so why waste time with this bill? These topics are already debated and we've come to no agreement over the decades.
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MaggieTheVicious's Opinion
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06/09/2015
Stop presenting IDEAS and DO SOMETHING. Republicans had 8 years to obstruct true progress in these fields but apparently they were too busy focusing on that rather than whipping up some IDEAS that can't work.
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simple resolution Progress


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      house Committees
      Committee on Education and Labor
      Committee on the Budget
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Health
      Committee on Ways and Means
      Health
    IntroducedApril 16th, 2015

What is House Bill H. Res. 207?

This resolution expresses the sense of the House of Representatives that there should be a National Strategic Agenda that has four primary goals. To:
  • Create 25 million new jobs over the next 10 years.

  • Balance the Federal budget by 2030.

  • Secure Medicare and Social Security for the next 75 years.

  • Make the U.S. "energy-secure" by 2024.

The House of Representatives would be encouraged to create, debate, and adopt policy solutions to achieve the four goals of this agenda. The resolution also says that the House will not be able to achieve success unless they are doing it through "collaboration, not division, mutual respect, not partisan bickering, and a commitment to honor," as public officials elected to represent the people. 

Impact

People living in the U.S., members of the House of Representatives, the Senate, the President.

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 207

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: This bill was introduced with 26 bipartisan cosponsors — all of whom are members of the Congressional Problem Solvers Caucus. The number of cosponsors has since grown to 35 with 18 Democrats and 17 Republicans.

Barring any reforms, Medicare is headed for insolvency in 2026, with Social Security projected to follow suit in 2033. Over the past decade, the U.S. economy created over 16 million jobs — not counting the nearly 7.5 million lost in 2008 and 2009.

On a more optimistic note, analysts have cited U.S. Energy Department projections that estimate the U.S. could become energy independent within the next four years.


Of Note: The sponsors of this bill aren't the only ones who want "partisan bickering" out of the political process. The Congressional Problem Solvers Caucus was created in January 2013 by a group called No Labels — a national movement dedicated to a new politics of problem solving. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), a member of the caucus, had this to say

“This caucus represents members taking real ownership of the problem solving concept. Problem solving is not just a slogan. It’s a real idea that members are willing to organize around and make a priority.”

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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user All Kinds of New)

Official Title

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding establishing a National Strategic Agenda.

    Reaching for the stars will at least get you off the ground. These goals are worthwhile bipartisan pursuits. AKA Hug a puppy bill.
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    Balance the budget by 2030? Are you fricking kidding me? We won't have a country if we run deficits till then. How about balance it THIS year and EVERY year? How about a balanced budget amendment? How about 0 base budgeting? How about using GAAP?
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    Americans do not agree on policies or goals, so why waste time with this bill? These topics are already debated and we've come to no agreement over the decades.
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    Stop presenting IDEAS and DO SOMETHING. Republicans had 8 years to obstruct true progress in these fields but apparently they were too busy focusing on that rather than whipping up some IDEAS that can't work.
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    This doesn't seem to actually do much of anything, but the sentiment of it seems fine.
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    We need an agenda but no one will agree on one
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    Just another attempt to create more government jobs. NO!
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    Are these goals lofty? Yes. Are they obtainable? Maybe. But if congress has something set in stone saying that they will try their best to secure the future of our nation the this is a good thing. If you vote Nay, are you saying that when you have a large task in front of you that you don't make goals to keep yourself on task and motivated?
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    This just makes it sound like progress without making any
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    You were elected to do your best for the people of the U.S. NOW! Why talk about 2030 when we can't even get our acts together now? Come on.
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    The stated goals are badly needed! I haven't yet read how they would be implemented, though. But at least someone is thinking in the right direction!
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    Let's create real change. Congress isn't a Broadway show or needs to create Christmas wish lists.
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    Set term limits on Congress and remove the career politicians so fresh ideas can flow
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    I'm an entrepreneur. Never planned on social security being there. Instead of spending a gazillion dollars on a Nanny state legislation, why not invest some money in educating kids how to start a business, make money and manage it well?
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    While this sounds good, it seems like a waste of political capital & cooperation. Too many important issues have gone by the wayside so that certain legislative agendas - which only seem to waste valuable resources & increase America's frustration with the government - can be followed.
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    It should include goals for better infrastructure and clean energy.
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    This seems like a bull bill to me. You need to pass a bill that says you're going to do your job? No. Just do it.
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    I think these goals are an excellent way to hold Congress and the Executive branch accountable to their never ending platitudes and false promises. I'd rather a difficult yet worthwhile goal than one that sounds easy to achieve yet will never be talked about.
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    Resolutions are so cute! The House should already be working to balance the budget. Medicare & Social Security should be phased out of existence. The other goals, creating jobs & energy blah blah, can only be achieved by less action from government. "Political bickering" is OK - it prevents unnecessary government action and protects freedom.
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    We need to aim towards some goal that benefits us, even if we cant reach it we can try.
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