FRANKFORT, KY (3/30/12) - Rep. Ed Whitfield, (KY-01), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, released the following statement on his vote on the House of Representative budget proposals.
“Today I voted against the budget proposals offered in the House. After reviewing the different proposals, I didn’t feel they offered an effective plan to balance the budget and provide the needed reform to preserve Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
“Some of the proposals would cut federal spending, as we must do, but I am not going to vote for a budget that takes more than 20 years to be in balance. We face mounting deficits, with an almost $16 trillion debt and we must do better.
“Each year, Congress finds itself embroiled in a budget process that is broken. Since adoption of the Budget Reconciliation Act of 1974, Congress has adopted a budget only four times. It really is not necessary for Congress to initiate a budget each year for the Federal Government because the President submits a budget and Congress has the responsibility of adopting or changing his budget, rather than wasting time developing its own budget.
“I will continue my efforts to reform this budget process in Congress. I have introduced and will continue to work for passage of H.R. 114, The Biennial Budgeting and Appropriations Act. This bill will simplify the budget and appropriations process and provide more time to monitor and eliminate ineffective and wasteful government programs.”
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