Chairman Rogers Statement on the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request
March 4, 2014 -
House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers today issued the following statement on the release of the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request.
“The Committee will take a very close look at the President’s request, conduct vigorous oversight over federal agencies, and go line-by-line through the budget to make informed and responsible decisions with the taxpayer’s money. It is important to remember that it is the Congress, not the White House, that holds the ‘power of the purse’ and will decide where to cut, where to sustain, and where to invest tax dollars to the most benefit of the American people.
“Not even three months ago, the President signed discretionary spending budget caps into law for two fiscal years. These caps were the result of bipartisan, bicameral negotiations and paved the way for critical Appropriations legislation to be efficiently and swiftly enacted. It is extremely disappointing that the President’s proposal today blatantly disregards the budget limits for fiscal year 2015 – spending roughly $60 billion in additional funds – and ignores the hard-fought compromise he so recently endorsed.
“Contrary to the President’s wish-list of additional spending, my Committee will abide by the budget caps for fiscal year 2015 put into place by law, which total $1.014 trillion. This funding level will require hard choices and difficult trade-offs between important federal programs – including our national security – but it is the duty of Congress to make these decisions on behalf of our people and our nation’s financial future.”