The House Energy and Commerce Committee met yesterday to consider various proposals that aim to improve America's financial outlook.
The 2011 "Budget Control Act" presented the framework for $1.2 trillion in federal savings over the next decade. This figure was to be met in one of two manners: through Super Committee negotiations or across-the-board spending reductions, known as sequestration. Although many principled solutions were offered during the Super Committee discussions, the 12-member bipartisan, bicameral panel was ultimately unable to generate a plan.
Recognizing that sequestration has the potential to damage a range of domestic programs -- including national defense -- the fiscal year 2013 House-passed budget resolution included language directing the House Energy and Commerce Committee and five others to propose legislation producing an equal number of spending reductions over the same ten-year time period.
Many of the proposals included within the committee's recommendation appropriately eliminate unnecessary government spending and draw back unspent federal dollars. The plan also provides states with greater flexibility to manage their health programs.
In order to protect domestic programs that benefit Mississippians, Congress must implement targeted spending reductions in place of the scheduled across-the-board cuts. I remain committed to decreasing federal spending and believe that the most reasonable approach to meeting this goal is through identifying and reducing ineffective programs instead of necessary government functions.
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