May 24, 2011
“I appreciate having the opportunity to speak on this bill as we move forward with the 2012 appropriations process.
“The fiscal situation confronting our nation is of immediate importance, and hard choices simply can no longer be put off onto our children in the name of political expediency. This bill reflects your commitment, Mr. Chairman, and that of the whole Committee, to scour each line of the President’s budget in search of savings.
“The bill we have before us works to put the agencies funded by this bill on a sustainable budget path, while continuing to fund assistance to farmers, rural communities and low-income families. Where necessary, we have cut funding for duplicative programs and limited funding for programs that have been less than transparent with taxpayer money. At this time of monumental deficits and skyrocketing debt, we cannot afford to let taxpayer dollars slip through the cracks.
“I am also pleased that, for the first time, this committee will require each and every agency to submit spending plans for every account and every program funded by this bill. This common-sense measure is a welcome breath of fresh air for Americans seeking to know exactly where their money is being spent.
“It is a testament to the diligence of this subcommittee and the Chairman that such savings have been found in this bill while still funding the programs that are a lifeline for many rural communities. I am pleased that we are moving through regular order on this year’s appropriations bills, and I look forward to seeing the House complete the work that the American people sent us here to do.
“I urge that the subcommittee promptly report this bill to the full Committee.”