At 4:40 a.m. Saturday morning the U.S. House gaveled to adjournment after almost 100 hours of floor debate on HR 1, the legislation to fund the federal government for the remainder of FY 2011. The Continuing Resolution came to the floor under an open rule--a first in US history--which allowed Members to offer amendments of their own. Congressman Mike Pompeo (KS-04) offered two successful amendments which aided the Republican promise to cut spending. Pompeo issued the following statement:
"I promised voters to get spending under control. Now that I'm in Congress, I have been happy to bring forward amendments to help stop out-of-control spending. This week I saved taxpayers over $8.4 Million by rolling back the EPA's greenhouse gas registry, not only reducing spending, but taking a first step in reining in the EPA. I also kept the Consumer Product Safety Commission from wasting more than $3 Million on a public online database chock-full of false information that would force every manufacturer to increase its cost of doing business in America.
"While this is only the second month of the 112th Congress, I am proud of all we have accomplished so far and I remain committed to fight for taxpayers and the constituents of the Fourth District of Kansas. I'd gladly debate another 100 hours to cut another $100 Billion from our budget."
Congressman Pompeo will be working in Kansas all week, meeting with constituents as a part of the congressional district work period.