Spending Bill Provides Opportunity for Responsible Budgeting
(Washington, D.C.) – This week Congress is expected to vote on legislation funding federal agencies beyond December 11, when current spending legislation is scheduled to expire. The legislation to be considered will appropriate approximately $1.014 trillion, allowing most government agencies to operate through September 31, 2015. It is not expected to fully fund the Department of Homeland Security, instead providing that agency authority to operate for several months. In the meantime, Congress and the White House will continue to attempt to resolve disagreements regarding immigration.
Daniel Garza, Executive Director of The LIBRE Initiative, released the following statement:
“Congress has made some progress towards responsible budgeting and reducing wasteful spending through reforms such as banning earmarks – spending on special projects favored by Members of Congress, but which generally receive little scrutiny and no debate. The American people want more positive steps. That should include sticking to the spending caps Congress previously committed to, allowing sufficient time for public review, and fully disclosing the contents of this spending bill.
The American people know that Washington simply hasn’t been working in recent years. They are counting on the new leadership to be honest and transparent with our budget. That will help ensure broader support for the needed measures to rein in the federal deficit and stop growing the national debt.”