June 7, 2018
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen gave the following statement in support of H.R. 3, the Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act, on the House floor today:
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to present H.R. 3, the Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act.
This package of rescissions withdraws nearly $15 billion in funds previously appropriated to various federal programs and agencies.
These funds are rescinded from programs and agencies that no longer need, cannot spend the money, or from programs that no longer exist.
When such funding goes unused for years, those funds should be returned to the Federal Treasury, as taxpayers should expect.
Sweeping up these extra funds will not cause undue harm or hardship to the essential activities at these federal agencies. In fact, year after year, rescissions are included in our regular Appropriations bills, and dozens of such rescissions have previously received bipartisan support.
The bottom line is that it is not in the interest of the taxpayer to let outdated, unnecessary dollar balances sit idle, especially when the nation is facing such high debt and deficits.
As I’ve said many times, Congress controls the “power of the purse,” and it is up to us to keep our fiscal house in order by reducing wasteful or unnecessary spending wherever possible. Such rescissions are not new. Over the past 20 years, there have been hundreds proposed and approved in both Democratic and Republican Administrations. I urge my colleagues to support this commonsense legislation.