Congressman Marsha Blackburn (TN-7) today offered an amendment to the appropriations bill for the Department of Agriculture. The Blackburn Amendment cuts the Department by 5% across the board. According to the language of the Amendment, each line item in the Agriculture Appropriations Bill must be cut by 5%, assuring that the cut is applied equally. Blackburn has pledged to offer similar amendments to all non-security FY2012 appropriations bills. Commenting on her Amendment, Blackburn said:
"My colleagues on the Appropriations committee have done tremendous work cutting waste from the Department of Agriculture, and I applaud them for it. They have been good stewards of the taxpayer's dollars. My amendment ensures that the Department itself will continue this stewardship. While this amendment will certainly save some extra money, the intention here is greater. Families across the country have had to save a nickel, a dime, even a quarter or more on every dollar they spend. I believe Washington must do the same. Cutting a nickel out of every dollar Agriculture spends will give us a more efficient, more effective government. It forces the Department at every level to find efficiencies and reform business practices. It just makes good sense."