On Friday, the House approved a bicameral agreement that funds the federal government through September 30, 2012. This bill cuts discretionary spending for the second year in a row -- the first time this has occurred in modern history -- and reduces the size and scope of government. Additionally, it contains no earmarks.
In addition to the funding agreement, the House also passed a disaster relief funding bill (H.R. 3672), which provides emergency disaster relief funding for fiscal year 2012. This bill provides $8.1 billion in assistance and recovery aid for those communities recently affected by natural disasters.
The funding legislation passed by the House this week recognizes the urgent need for our nation to get our economy back on track so that the free enterprise system can flourish and job-seeking Americans can get back into the workplace. This agreement represents a positive step towards changing Washington's culture of out-of-control spending and I am encouraged by this responsible legislation that will help move our country forward.