The FY 2013 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill includes $32.1 billion infunding, falling $965 million beneath the President’s budget request. However, there is still roomfor improvement which is why I introduced my 1 percent across-the-board spending reductionamendment.
My amendment will save taxpayers an additional $321 million by cutting just onepenny on every dollar.
Across-the-board spending cuts are used by many of our state governments as a sensible way to cutspending without picking winners and losers. They also give agencies the flexibility they need todetermine where to make cuts without hampering their operations and ability to carry out their mission.
As Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has said “individual agency heads have thefreedom to determine how the cuts are made.”
Additional bipartisan supporters of across-the-board spending cuts include:
Governor Rick Perry (R-TX)“Starting in January 2010, we asked them to identify 5 percent savings in the 2010-2011biennium and 10 percent for the ‘12-‘13 biennium. Those agency leaders responded with aconcerted effort, taking stock of their organizations and coming up with proactive cuts, thatwill keep Texas moving in the right direction.”
- Governor Rick Perry, 2011 Texas State of theState Address
Former OMB Director Peter Orzag"Your agency is required to identify the programs and subprograms that have the lowestimpact on your agency's mission and constitute at least 5 percent of your agency'sdiscretionary budget."-
Former OMB Director Peter Orzag, OMB Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies, June 8, 2010
Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ)
In New Jersey what we did was we cut spending in every department, a 9 percent cut in realspending, not projected spending, real spending year over year.”
Governor Chris Christie,Meet the Press, November 7, 2010
Governor Brian Schweitzer (D-MT)“As part of those saving efforts, Schweitzer cut state agency spending 5 percent across theboard.”
- Lapin, Nicole, “Montana Governor Runs State 'Like a Ranch', CNBC, 22 Oct. 2010 While I applaud the Appropriations committee for laying a firm foundation for fiscal discipline, I believe my amendment will take their effort one step further. Removing a penny from every dollar of funding will help these departments find new efficiencies and reform their wasteful business practices, while saving taxpayers millions in the process.