BLACKBURN NAMED TO 12-MEMBER BUDGET TASK FORCE
WASHINGTON - Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has been named to serve on a 12-member budget task force by House Republican leadership. The task force will work to build support for a fiscally conservative budget.
Last year Blackburn was a leader in the successful effort to secure passage of the Deficit Reduction Act which cut $39 billion in spending, and her support for a one percent across-the-board spending reduction was included in a defense appropriations bill that passed late last year.
House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO) called the budget task force " one of the most effective tools we have at our disposal as we seek general consensus on the budget. Marsha Blackburn has been a force in pushing for fiscal restraint, and now we'll be putting her energy and experience in Congress and the Tennessee state senate to good use as we identify where the problem areas are and look for agreement on the budget," he added.
"I've consistently pushed for spending restraint and reductions," Blackburn said. "I'll use my position on this task force to advocate for a budget that restrains entitlement growth and makes choices on what to reduce. The President has submitted a budget that includes more than a 100 potential program cuts and that's a good start. I've supported across-the-board reductions that would force nearly every agency to find savings, and will continue with my legislation on that front. I've been leading an effort to highlight waste, fraud, and abuse in government and clearly there's waste to target."