July 21, 2011
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers today gave the following statement in support of H.R. 2551, the Fiscal Year 2012 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill:
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of H.R. 2551, the Fiscal Year 2012 Appropriations Act for the Legislative Branch.
"This bill helps stop government overspending – starting in our own backyard. If we’re trying to get back on a more sustainable course, we’ve got to cut spending wherever we can, and we’ve got to make do with less. Our constituents asked us to get our fiscal house in order, and we are leading by example with this legislation.
"This legislation prioritizes the safety of the thousands of people who work in and visit the Capitol complex each day, providing essential funding for the Capitol police, services for our visitors and necessary maintenance.
"But, we’re keeping to our commitment to reduce spending and so we’ve cut back in other areas. We’ve trimmed the House leadership, Member and Committee budgets by over 6 percent. This legislation provides smaller budgets for our own offices and continues our goal of reducing spending across the entire federal government.
"To demonstrate my commitment to savings – and to prove the feasibility of reduced budgets – earlier this year, we directed that my very own Committee, the Appropriations Committee, cut its budget by 9%. This bill continues that reduction, trimming another 6.4%. Just as American families are forced to live within their means, their representatives in Washington should do the same.
"I understand that many of my colleagues are concerned about what these cuts will mean for their offices. I know making these hard decisions will not be easy for them – just as they were not easy for us to make in the first place. But these cuts are necessary. We cannot ask everyone else to make cuts and not do the same ourselves.
"We all have to share in the sacrifice during this financial crisis, and I’m proud that we are doing our part to help our nation dig itself out of dangerous, job-killing debt so that we can get our economy back on track.
"I commend Chairman Crenshaw and Ranking Member Honda on a strong bill that makes these responsible reductions. I urge my colleagues to support this legislation."