U.S. Congressman Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) today released the following statement after offering five amendments to the Fiscal Year 2014 Energy and Water Appropriations bill. The amendments totaled more than $188 million in targeted cuts to be used for deficit reduction.
"At a time when our nation is on the verge of an economic meltdown, we must be ever vigilant in our spending and look for savings in each line of these appropriations bills. The amendments I proposed to the Energy and Water Appropriations bill would have done just that by cutting funding for wasteful programs and reducing salaries for Washington bureaucrats," said Rep. Broun.
"One of my amendments would have halted the government from subsidizing costly loans to produce luxury, "green' vehicles, saving taxpayers $6 million. While I fully support the automobile industry producing more fuel-efficient vehicles, our government can no longer afford to prop up this troubled niche industry. Instead, we must let manufacturers succeed or fail in the marketplace on their own merits, based on quality and consumer demand.
"Additionally, I offered an amendment that would have reduced funding for salaries and expenses for the Department of Energy (DOE) by $9.5 million. While DOE bureaucrats are making more than $100,000 a year on average, Americans throughout the country are struggling to fill their gas tanks and pay their electricity bills. DOE has proven time and again that its priorities are out of touch with Americans' needs, and my amendment would have forced them be more responsible with scarce federal dollars.
"It has been my number one priority in Congress to rein in Washington's out-of-control spending and root out government waste. I am disappointed that my colleagues did not share my concerns and instead, rejected my efforts to cut spending and save taxpayers hard-earned dollars. As we confront our nation's spending crisis, I am hopeful that Congress can work together to identify Washington's wasteful spending and make the tough but necessary cuts to get our nation back on the right path. Our country can no longer afford to delay these important decisions."
So far this year, Rep. Broun has offered more than $5.2 billion in targeted cuts to House spending bills.