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In Wake of 35-Day Shutdown, House Budget Committee Releases New Report on Importance of Federal Programs to our Shared Safety & Well-Being

Feb 4, 2019

A Visit to the Grocery Store” report shows key role U.S. government plays on a trip to the market

Committee Also Releases Fact Sheet Ahead of Hearing on Investing in America’s Economic and National Security

Washington, D.C.—In the wake of the 35-day government shutdown that debilitated essential services provided by the federal government, today House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth (KY-03) released a new report from the majority staff that highlights the importance of federal programs to our nation’s shared safety and well-being. Using the example of a routine trip to the grocery store, the new report shows how in every aspect of the trip—from getting to the store, to making safe purchases, to checking out—the federal government plays an important role.

“While the Trump shutdown was a senseless disaster for our economy and our workers, it also demonstrated in stark terms the essential services the government and its employees provide each day to the American people,” Chairman Yarmuth said. “Our committee’s new report continues to shine a spotlight on the many ways the government serves its citizens even on a routine trip to the grocery store, and reinforces why Congress must adequately fund these vital programs in the budget negotiations ahead.”

The committee report lays out the vital role the federal government plays in ensuring:

  • Vehicle safety standards
  • Construction and maintenance of roads and highways
  • Food availability and safety
  • Nutrition labeling and health claims
  • Safety of pharmacy items and other non-food products
  • Support for federal research
  • Efficient, quick and accurate check out
  • Nutrition assistance
  • Parking for persons with disabilities

This Thursday, Yarmuth will chair a committee hearing, “Investing in America’s Economic and National Security,” focused on the importance of providing the needed resources for the federal government’s defense and non-defense programs that will face deep cuts if Congress does not take action this year. In advance of the hearing, the committee released a fact sheet on the need to eliminate these austerity-level caps.