Chairman Rogers – FY 12 Appropriations Work To Be Completed as Soon as Possible, Maintain Debt Ceiling Agreement
House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers today stated his intention to complete the fiscal year 2012 Appropriations process as soon as possible – avoiding a potentially harmful drawn-out budget process that could further undermine the nation’s fiscal stability. In addition, Rogers reiterated his commitment to maintaining the recently passed debt-ceiling agreement, which holds discretionary spending to $1.043 trillion for fiscal year 2012.
The statement by Chairman Rogers follows:
“The Appropriations Committee has repeatedly and successfully made significant spending cuts this year that have drastically changed the trajectory of federal spending, trimming billions of dollars and imposing strict spending reductions so we don’t leave our children with mountains of debt. We will continue to work in this vein – in a bicameral manner – prioritizing House-passed Appropriations bills in negotiations and completing our Appropriations work as soon as possible. It is imperative that the Congress complete these must-pass bills in a timely manner to avoid the harmful, destabilizing effects caused by a delayed and drawn out Appropriations process.
“In addition, my Committee members and I remain committed to the responsible 2012 spending level agreed to by the House, Senate, and White House under the recent debt ceiling agreement. The work we do on our Appropriations bills this year will fulfill this agreement by reducing discretionary spending from current levels – saving the taxpayers billions – and steering agency budgets across the federal government to more sustainable and responsible levels.”