House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed proposals this evening to save taxpayer dollars and reform how they are spent. The two measures -- a pay freeze for Members of Congress and federal employees as well as reforms to prohibit the use of assistance under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program at strip clubs, casinos, and liquor stores -- were also included in the long-term payroll tax holiday, unemployment benefit, and Medicare reimbursement package which passed the House in December. Chairman Price is a member of the Conference Committee currently in negotiations on a compromise over how to extend the payroll tax holiday, UI benefits, and a fix to the Medicare payment formula.
"House Republicans are committed to advancing policies that are responsible to taxpayers while finding ways to reduce the runaway spending at the federal level," said Chairman Price. "Each of the proposals considered in the House today adhere to that standard, and I appreciate that a number of colleagues on the other side of the aisle were willing to show their support for these types of common sense reforms. At a time when, according to the Congressional Budget Office, total compensation for federal workers is 16 percent higher than their counterparts in the private sector and the government is already borrowing nearly forty cents of every dollar to cover its expenses, finding ways to save money ought to be a priority as we act to promote job growth in the private sector. This level of support in the House of Representatives for the pay freeze and welfare reforms in particular will hopefully encourage our Senate colleagues to consider these ideas as we look for a compromise package to extend the payroll tax holiday, unemployment benefits, and protect seniors from cuts in Medicare. The sooner we can get agreement on those items, the sooner we can provide a little more certainty for families, job creators, and seniors."