Kimberly Willingham (202) 225-3035
January 24, 2012
Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement today after The Baseline Reform Act passed out of the Budget Committee by a vote of 21-12; this bill was authored by Rep. Rob Woodall (R-GA) and inspired by Rep. Louie Gohmert’s Zero Baseline Budget Act:
“Since my first term here in 2005, I have been pushing to end the automatic increases in every federal department’s budget. Having filed the bill that would do that in each term of Congress I’ve been in, also pushing for its passage out of Committee and to the floor, it is now great to see that it has finally happened. When I was a judge without Congress even on my radar, I heard Rush Limbaugh discussing the insanity of the automatic increases annually. When I got here, it seemed like a no-brainer, but even when we had the majority in 2005-2006, I could not get them to bring it up for a vote. Not being on the committee of jurisdiction, I had no objections whatever to Congressman Woodall on the Budget Committee filing it as a new bill and pushing it through the committee with the full support of Chairman Paul Ryan.
It is important to note this passage means that Chairman Paul Ryan is a man of his word. He promised me at the end of July he would get the Zero-Baseline Budget Bill passed out of his committee and he has. It now will move to the floor as the Speaker has assured me it will, and I have no doubt it will pass there. Then Senators will pass it to accolades or fail to pass it at their great political peril. Americans understand that they have tightened their belts and it is inexcusable if the federal government says we simply cannot tighten ours. Congressman Woodall and Chairman Ryan are to be commended as America will be the better for the tremendous savings to the American people when it finally becomes law, with this House and this Senate, or a Senate with a new Republican majority if this Senate fails to pass it after we do.
When this does become law, Representatives and Senators can also finally advocate with for no increase in a federal department’s budget without being vilified as happened in the past for “’draconian cuts.’”
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