Yesterday, the House passed an amendment offered by Rep. Andy Harris that saves hard-working taxpayers $542,000. The amendment removes a 56% increase in funding required in the President's budget for a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) climate website. The amendment would maintain level funding for the program. This was one of only three successful amendments to the appropriations bill now before the House that reduces spending.
"In these tough fiscal times, I believe that all government agencies have to live within their means like our hard-working American families," said Rep. Andy Harris. "I don't know of many Maryland families who have received a 56% increase in their incomes this year during the longest sustained period of high unemployment in our country's history -- and it's not fair for a government agency to do so either. I will continue to serve as a watchdog against excessive government spending for the hard-working taxpayers who are entitled to know that their tax dollars are being spent wisely."
Rep. Harris' amendment was one of only three included in the 2013 budget for Commerce, Justice and Science and Related Agencies.