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H.R. 1, Making appropriations for the Department of Defense and the other departments and agencies of the Government for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2011, and for other purposes.

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Washington, February 16, 2011 | comments

February 16, 2011

H.R. 1, Making appropriations for the Department of Defense and the other departments and agencies of the Government for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2011, and for other purposes.

Rep. Harold Rogers (R-KY)

 

Last Fall, House Republicans promised the nation “we will roll back government spending to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels, saving us at least $100 billion in the first year alone.”  HR 1, the continuing resolution for the remainder of fiscal year 2011, delivers on that promise.  HR 1 provides $1.028 trillion for discretionary programs through the remainder of fiscal year 2011, a level $100 billion below the level President Obama requested in his fiscal year 2011 budget one year ago.

 

The spending reduction in HR 1 is historic. It is five times larger than any prior package of discretionary spending cuts ever considered by the House of Representatives.  It terminates 150 federal programs, saving $14 billion.  But HR 1 does not cut spending for cutting’s sake.  As the Pledge to America noted, “we cannot spend our way to prosperity.”  The pledge further noted, “joblessness is the single most important challenge facing America today.”

 

HR 1 begins the effort to return to economic prosperity by implementing the spending restraint necessary to right-size our government.  Since President Obama took office, regular non-defense discretionary spending has increased 24 percent.  When spending from the failed stimulus bill is added to that total, the increase reached a staggering 84 percent.  While the spending explosion failed to meaningfully reduce the nation’s unemployment rate, which remains above 9 percent, it has put pressure on the economy by creating expectations that taxes will be increased to finance an ever-expanding government.

 

Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy.  The unemployment rate will not fall until businesses, small and large, begin to sense that tax rates will remain stable, and that the climate for free enterprise and private investment has become more favorable.  By restraining government spending, HR 1 begins to restore that favorable climate. Many activities of government, particularly those of regulatory agencies, have had a chilling effect on job creation. HR 1 begins to re-direct resources in the economy away from job-killing government bureaucracies and toward American families and the businesses that will employ them.  Members are urged to support HR 1..

Provided by House Republican Leadership, and the House Appropriations Committee.

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