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Gohmert Praises Baseline Reform Act of 2013

Yesterday, the House Budget Committee, chaired by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) introduced the Woodall-Gohmert “Baseline Reform Act of 2013.” This bill, originally introduced by Reps. Gohmert (R-TX) and Woodall (R-GA) is designed to cut wasteful government spending by eliminating automatic increases in every federal department’s budget.

“Conservatives have advocated for years that there should be no automatic increases in any federal department's budget,” said Rep. Louie Gohmert. “That has been a trap so when we simply slow the rate of increase, we are accused of making draconian cuts. As reckless deficit spending continues, it is paramount that we be honest about what is an increase and what is a cut. This legislation ends the annual automatic increases in every federal department's budget, putting the government in the same position as all working Americans and is an important step to getting out debt under control. I thank Chairman Ryan for seeing this bill through to fruition.”

“Families don’t get automatic raises every year. Neither should Washington,” said Chairman Paul Ryan. “My colleague Louie Gohmert has been a strong leader on this issue, and I hope the Senate will follow his lead.”

Congressman Louie 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 also served as Chief Justice of Texas'12th Court of Appeals.