WASHINGTON—Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1871, the Baseline Reform Act, sponsored by Congressman Rob Woodall of Texas and Congressman Louie Gohmert of Texas. The legislation fixes a flaw in our budget process. Today, the Congressional Budget Office assumes every discretionary account rises every year to keep up with inflation. Instead of moving the starting line forward every year, this bill would keep the baseline at the previous year’s funding level.
Upon passage of the legislation, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin issued the following statement:
“I want to thank Congressmen Woodall and Gohmert for offering this bill. We should write the federal budget the same way that a family writes its own budget. You don’t just assume you will spend more on the same item every year. You figure out what works and what needs fixing. It’s our job to set priorities and to assess the results. And that’s why I’m proud to support this bill.”