WASHINGTON – This morning, a bipartisan majority in the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3578, the Baseline Reform Act. Written by Congressman Rob Woodall (R-GA), the Baseline Reform Act removes the automatic increase in the discretionary spending baseline used by Congress and the Administration each year.
Following passage of H.R. 3578, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan issued the following statement:
“Congressman Woodall’s Baseline Reform Act is an important reform to Washington’s broken budget process that will help control spending and save taxpayer dollars. Only in Washington – with a $15 trillion national debt – would an automatic increase in spending be assumed each and every year. This is not what hardworking families and small businesses deserve from their government, and this reform will level the playing field for those who want to control Washington spending by removing the pro-spending bias in our budget process. Both Congressman Rob Woodall and Congressman Louie Gohmert have been fierce advocates for common-sense taxpayer protections, and I commend them for their leadership in advancing this legislation.
“For too long, it has been too easy to spend money in Washington. With the help of this bill, my colleagues and I on the House Budget Committee look forward to a day when lawmakers in Congress will be accountable each year if they want to increase spending.”
To learn more about the Baseline Reform Act, and the House Budget Committee’s continued effort to reform the broken budget process, click here.