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Price Statement on Passage of Funding Bill
Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06), Chair of the House Budget Committee in the upcoming 114th Congress, issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed a consolidated appropriations bill to fund the majority of government through fiscal year 2015 along with a short-term funding bill to cover the Department of Homeland Security until February 2015:
“This legislation is the result of divided government, and yet it will allow the newly elected and strengthened Republican majorities in the Senate and House of Representatives next Congress to start the year off with a relatively clean slate and with the opportunity to continue our efforts to hold President Obama accountable for his unlawful violation of our immigration laws. Right now, the Democrat majority in the Senate – as it has all Congress – is going to continue to run interference for the president until they no longer can. They made that clear earlier this summer when the House first passed legislation to prohibit the president’s executive overreach, and the Democrat Senate, characteristically, shelved the proposal. There’s no reason to believe those on the other side of the aisle plan to change their tune in the next few days.
“The manner in which President Obama has trampled on the Constitution demands Congress use every legitimate tool and realistic avenue at our disposal to protect the rule of law. We believe the American people have a right to live in a nation governed by laws, not executive fiat, which is why we have put in place a short-term extension of Homeland Security funding so that Congress must confront this issue in the new year when we have a stronger hand to play.
“By passing an omnibus rather than another continuing resolution, Congress has been able to make substantive changes and updates to how, where and when government spends taxpayer dollars. This includes provisions like the amendment I offered earlier this year to the Financial Services appropriation bill that prohibits funds from being used by the IRS to ignore regulations that protect the confidentiality and disclosure of taxpayer information. Moreover, it means the new Republican majority will begin next year’s budget process in an orderly and responsible fashion as we seek to enact positive solutions to address the nation’s fiscal and economic challenges.”
Additional Highlights in the bill:
- Returns discretionary spending to pre-Speaker Pelosi levels.
- Reduces funding for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by $345 million.
- Bans the IRS from targeting those individuals and organizations who are simply seeking to exercise their freedom of speech.
- Cuts funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by $60 million. The 21 percent reduction in EPA funding since FY2010 means the agency will be forced to reduce its staff size to 1989 levels.
- Supports America’s commitment to our ally Israel by including $3.1 billion in aid.
- Prohibits funds from being used to transfer detainees from the terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.
- Prohibits the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from implementing regulations that would allow union organizing rules to circumvent the rights of workers.
- Provides no new funding for ObamaCare, and cuts $10 million from the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) – an unelected board of 15 bureaucrats given authority to address rising health care costs by denying care to seniors.
- Provides needed oversight of ObamaCare’s tax subsidies by directing the Inspector General at the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of the Treasury to report back on any waste, fraud or abuse.