U.S. Rep. Billy Long issued the following statement as the House begins debate on the appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2013, which begins on October 1, 2012.
"Just as American families live on a budget, Washington should live on a budget too. It is important for Washington to balance its checkbook and live within its means," Long said. "I am pleased that the House will again be making responsible investments and cuts to address our nation's budget deficit and debt."
This week the House will consider the first of the appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2013 when they begin debate on the Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations bill, which sets funding below 2008 levels. The CJS bill allocates funds for the Department of Commerce, the Department of Justice, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Science Foundation, and related agencies. The CJS bill contains $51.1 billion in funding, which is a reduction of $1.6 billion below last year's level, and $731 million below the president's request.