H.Res. 38 would direct the Budget Committee Chairman to set a limit to bring non-security discretionary spending back to the pre-stimulus, pre-bail-out 2008 levels.
Because a Democratic Congress failed to produce, or even propose, a budget for this year, Congress is operating without a budget. No budget, no priorities, no restraints.
In addition, not one appropriations bill was enacted last year. As a result, the government is operating under a stopgap measure, known as a continuing resolution, through March 4, 2011.
Because five months of the fiscal year will have passed by March 4, 2011, Congress is increasingly limited in achieving savings in this year.
As a result, the Budget Committee Chairman will file an allocation to ensure that non-security spending will be reduced to 2008 levels for the remainder of the year.
House Republicans are serious about cutting spending, and we’re doing it by keeping our promises to the American people:
We cut our own (Congress’s) budget by 5 percent;
We voted to cut trillions of dollars of new spending by repealing the Democrats’ costly health care law.
We will continue to vote each week on cutting wasteful government programs.
This is just a down-payment by Republicans to get spending under control.
House Republicans will continue to clean up the fiscal mess left by the past Congress for the current fiscal year; to advance spending cuts and spending reforms; and to go forward by charting a new course with a new budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
The days of business as usual have come to an end. The spending spree is over.