Highlighting $757 million in spending cuts, Congressman Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) today (11/17) lauded House passage of the Conference Report on the Fiscal Year 2012 Agriculture, Commerce/Justice/Science, and Transportation/Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bills. The legislation, known as the "Mini-bus" passed on a vote of 298-121.
"The first appropriations conference report in two years keeps Congress on track to reduce discretionary spending for the second year in a row," said Crenshaw, a member of the Appropriations Committee. "Fiscal discipline forms the foundation of this historic achievement that breaks the trend of bloated federal spending."
"Significant strides to rein in excessive government regulations are also achieved in the Conference Report - red tape that does nothing more than drag down the economy and job growth," Crenshaw continued. "This legislation represents hard, but necessary decisions that will put our government on a more sustainable financial path. We are one step further ahead as we work to complete the remaining funding bills for the year."
The conference report reduces base discretionary spending by $757 million below last year, funds a variety of federal programs and agencies, including the food and drug safety, federal law enforcement, scientific research, and infrastructure, and provides much-needed disaster recovery assistance. In addition, the legislation includes a Continuing Resolution that will keep the government operating until December 16.