Congressman Rob Woodall's (R-GA) latest piece of legislation, H.R. 3578, the "Baseline Reform Act," will be considered on the Floor of the House of Representatives this Friday.
"The "Baseline Reform Act' is a step toward removing the doublespeak in Washington. My bill is one in a series of bills to end Washington's arcane federal budget process and make it more efficient and transparent for the American people," Woodall said.
The "Baseline Reform Act" amends the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 to eliminate automatic inflators to discretionary spending in the Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) annual "baseline." Existing budget law requires the CBO to craft a forward-looking projection of current policy that simply assumes each year will spend more than the last. This bias towards increased spending hampers the work of getting the federal budget under control.
"In this Congress with today's challenges, we have been reducing discretionary spending, not increasing it. H.R. 3578 eliminates automatic increases in spending projections and more accurately reflects today's austerity," Woodall said.
"Knowledge is power. But Washington, D.C., so often keeps knowledge out of the hands of folks back home. Nowhere is that more true than in the federal budget process," Woodall said. "We've all heard talk of "cuts not being cuts' and "increases not being increases.' My bill, H.R. 3578, returns common-sense to the Congressional budget process and requires Congress to talk about "spending more and spending less' with the same vocabulary that folks use in Georgia. Only in Washington can you spend $1000 this year and $1100 next year and call that a "spending cut.' My bill eliminates that Washington double-talk forever, and in doing so gives the American people an honest look at our nation's financial situation."