Chairman Rogers Opening Remarks on FY 2012 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill Before Full Committee
July 13, 2011 -
"The FY 2012 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill represents this committee’s commitment to reducing spending and a shared sacrifice. This bill makes cuts starting in our own backyard, trimming House leadership, Member and Committee budgets by over 6 percent. This legislation’s smaller budgets for our own offices underscore our goal of reducing government spending across the board.
"Just as our constituents have had to scale back in these austere financial times, Congress also must do more with less. This legislation meets this goal by prioritizing essential operations and security efforts to ensure the safe and productive operations of the Capitol, protecting the thousands of people who work and visit the Capitol complex each day, while cutting back in other areas.
"Congress has the unique opportunity to lead by example when it comes to reducing government spending. To demonstrate this commitment, we directed this Committee’s budget to be cut by 9% earlier this year, and this bill continues that reduction by trimming another 6.4%.
"I realize that asking offices and Members to make these cuts will require strict fiscal discipline on the part of all congressional offices and agency heads in the Legislative Branch. This may not be easy, but these cuts are necessary to do our part to help rid our nation of debilitating and job-killing deficits and debt. The bottom line is: If we can get our own budgets on a more sustainable path, we can help other government agencies and programs to do the same.
"I commend Chairman Crenshaw and Ranking Member Honda on a solid bill that makes these responsible decisions, and I urge my colleagues to report this bill to the House."