With only 24 hours as Representatives under their belt, Congressional Republicans have wasted no time getting to work and making good on campaign promises. In the first two sessions of the 112th Congress, Congressman Kevin Yoder has voted on new House rules that will make Congress more efficient, transparent and accountable as well as a spending cut resolution that will save taxpayers upwards of $35 million.
Shortly after being sworn in and taking the oath of office, Yoder voted on a new House rules package that includes several reforms that will change the way Congress operates. Bills must now be made available publicly for 3 days before they can be brought to the floor and must cite Constitutional authority. Most importantly, "Pay-as-you-go" spending has been replaced with a "Cut-as-you-go" mandate-if there is a mandatory spending increase, spending must be cut by an equal or greater amount somewhere else.
Today, Yoder voted on a spending cuts resolution that cuts 5% from every member's office budget, a measure that will save the taxpayers more than $35 million.
"The American people spoke loud and clear in November. They are fed up with unfettered spending and government growth," said Congressman Kevin Yoder. "Today we echoed that voice on the House floor as representatives of the people who sent us here. By first cutting our own budgets, we have set the tone of this Congress-we are serious about making the spending cuts necessary to get our fiscal house in order."