For the second year in a row, the U.S. House approved a funding bill that cuts billions in discretionary spending. U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) voted in support of the bipartisan bill, which funds the government through September 2012. The final vote was 296 to 121.
"This year has been a challenging one. Yet overall, the House has been pretty successful at reversing the growth of government and changing the debate from spending more to spending less," said Thornberry. "The result is real cuts, which gives us a good starting point to begin work in 2012," he continued.
Overall, discretionary spending has been cut roughly 10 percent since the new Congress took office. The funding bill also contains no earmarks and eliminates 42 government programs.
Once the legislation has been passed by the Senate and signed by the president, the government will have saved nearly $31 billion in total discretionary spending compared to last year's level and $95 billion compared to FY 2010 -- the last year Democrats controlled Congress.