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Rep. Louie Gohmert Introduces Zero-Baseline Budget Act

Last week, Congressman Louie Gohmert introduced H.R. 920 – designed to cut wasteful government spending. The Zero Baseline Budget Act of 2011 will amend the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 and eliminate automatic increases for inflation.

“Conservatives have advocated for years that there should be no automatic increases in any federal department's budget,” said Rep. Gohmert. “That has been a trap for years because when we cut the rate of increase or level-fund a program, we are accused of making draconian cuts that harm people. This legislation is an important step to reduce big government spending.”

H.R. 920 will do the following:

•Amend the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 to change the method the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) must use to calculate its official discretionary budget baseline, that accompanies the budget process each year

•Eliminate any automatic increases in the baseline for inflation, or for any other reason, and exclude emergency and supplemental spending

•When the bill becomes law, the CBO’s baseline for the next fiscal year will simply be the aggregate of the appropriations bills that are in effect for the current year, excluding emergency and supplemental spending.  Therefore, the Zero-Baseline Budget Act makes “level funding” the official CBO baseline for discretionary spending.

Congressman Gohmert is the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, Louie was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas. He was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to complete a term as Chief Justice of the 12th Court of Appeals.

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