By: David Clemons
Americans will see "challenging and painful" spending cuts, Rep. Rob Woodall said Tuesday.
Woodall noted that Congress has begun debate on the continuing resolution of the fiscal year 2011 budget.
"The previous Congress and President [Barack] Obama failed to pass a budget and the individual appropriations bill last year, so the responsibility has fallen to the new Congress," Woodall, R-Lawrenceville, said in a statement issued by his office.
He promised Americans will see a new day on the House floor as debate unfurls, with an open process he said will give any member of Congerss the chance to "have their germane ideas heard and considered."
"Second, the American people will see a real cut -- a double digit cut -- in discrectionary spending," Woodall said. "These cuts are not a reduction in the rate of growth, not a sleight of hand of funny math -- these are challenging and painful cuts.
"However, making tough decisions is a part of leadership. Our fiscal path is not an easy one, but it will only get worse if we fail to confront our reckless spending head-on."
The House started work on the continuing resolution one day after Obama presented a $3.7 trillion budget for fiscal 2012. Woodall said he looked forward to looking "line by line" to see where spending can be cut.
"On its face, though, it seems long on tax increases and short on bold decisions to redirect our nation's fiscal future. We need leadership to get our fiscal house in order, and I still hope that the president will be the one to provide that leadership, but this budget doesn't.
"Massive new taxes are not the answer. We've been down that road before, and we know that our struggling economy will simply collapse under the additional weight."
Woodall pledged to keep Obama's priorities in mind as the Budget Committee studies the proposal.
"My hope is that hidden deep beneath the detours of higher taxes and higher spending lie some nuggets of wisdom that will put America on the fast track back to fiscal responsibility," he said, adding that he and his colleagues "will not shrink from our duty to fill that leadership void" and work to avoid financial ruin.
The Associated Press reported Obama's proposal is slightly less than the estimated $3.8 trillion in spending for 2011. It raises taxes by more than $1.6 trillion over a decade, the AP reported, mainly by allowing the tax cuts passed under President George W. Bush to expire.