U.S. Congressman Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) today offered 11 amendments to the FY 2012 Agriculture appropriations bill that would save taxpayers more than $2 billion over the next year. The Broun Amendments would reduce federal funding for certain domestic programs by 10 percent or return spending levels to the amount initially requested by the President. Several of the amendments would also eliminate wasteful foreign assistance programs to nations who are not necessarily friendly to the United States as evidenced by the UN voting records.
"The American people have made it loud and clear that they want spending cuts and debt reduction to be Washington's foremost priorities," said Dr. Broun. "That means that we need to determine which programs are absolutely critical to keeping our economy afloat, which programs can afford a modest cut, and which programs are irrelevant to our national interests and can stand to be eliminated.
"My amendments would cut $2 billion from the $1.48 trillion federal deficit. This is just a drop in the bucket, considering we spend nearly twice that amount every single day. Much like what is wrong with Washington, many of the programs I have proposed cutting or eliminating are wasteful, do not serve their original purpose, and have grown exponentially in cost over the years -- to the point where we can no longer afford them.
"Everything must be fair game when it comes to spending cuts. It is long past time to take the appropriate measures in getting this country's fiscal house back in order, and I truly hope my colleagues on both sides of the aisle will come together to adopt these amendments for the greater good of our nation."