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This protocol advances the policy originally outlined in the Pledge to America to adopt a requirement that programs end or “sunset” by a date certain. As stated in the Pledge, this will “force Congress to determine if a program is worthy of continued taxpayer support.”


Any bill or joint resolution authorizing discretionary appropriations or providing new or continued direct spending or establishing or continuing an agency, office or program shall also include a provision sunsetting such authorization, direct spending, agency, office, or program not later than seven years after the first fiscal year spending is authorized or provided under the bill or joint resolution. With respect to discretionary spending, a sunset may take the form of setting a date after which no funds are authorized to be appropriated.