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Liberals Defeat Yet Another Cost Savings Amendment

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Location: Washington, DC

Liberals Defeat Yet Another Cost Savings Amendment

Broun's Amendment to Save $373 Million is Defeated

U.S. Representative Paul Broun, M.D. today offered an amendment to H.R. 2997, the FY 10 Agriculture Appropriations Bill that would have saved taxpayers $373 million. Rep. Broun's amendment to maintain the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) budget at the 2009 funding level was defeated this morning. Rep. Broun offered 12 cost savings amendments and this was the only one ruled in order by liberal leadership. In fact, 90 amendments were offered in total and only 11 were allowed for consideration on the House floor.

"Even though runaway federal spending is one of the most pressing issues we face, liberals yet again found a way to defeat another cost savings amendment. Congress will soon consider a $1.5 trillion health care bill right after passing a $646 billion energy tax and creating the largest budget deficit in U.S. history. You would think that Congress could consider amendments that at least keep spending at 2009 levels or eliminate wasteful programs.

"This amendment was not designed to specifically disparage the FDA. Why should any agency receive a 14 percent increase during these tough economic times? My amendment is simply an example of how agencies should sit around their conference tables, just like American families are sitting around their kitchen tables, and determine how to tighten their fiscal belts.

"I urge all Americans to stand up and tell their Representatives and Senators that they want to stop this outrageous spending," said Congressman Paul Broun.

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