Walker Votes to Cut Wasteful Spending and Return Funds to Taxpayers as House Passes Largest-Ever Rescissions Package
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) today released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 3, the Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act:
"One thing I’ve learned in Washington is that politicians like unspent money to be held in bloated government accounts so they can use it later as a way to expand the size of government, hiding it from their constituents. Today, we say no more and that unspent government money should be returned to the taxpayers. This rescission package, a procedure used by Republican and Democratic administrations, represents the largest use of this tool to cut wasteful spending in history."
This legislation rescinds nearly $15 billion of unobligated balances from previously appropriated and expired funding. According to the Republican Study Committee "the Impoundment Control Act [of 1974] allows the President to propose via a special message to Congress specific rescissions of budget authority that has not been obligated to Congress and establishes a 45-day window for the House and Senate to consider a bill based on the proposed rescissions in under expedited procedures, most notably removing the possibility of a Senate filibuster. The bill may consist only of language to rescind all or part of the budget authority included in the President’s special message."
The vote on the rescission package, announced the afternoon of Wednesday, June 6th, followed reporting earlier that morning that Walker had requested a vote on the legislation from House Republican leadership.
Republican Study Committee Chairman @RepMarkWalker: “We have not signed off on moving forward with a 'yes' vote on the minibus appropriations, until we have information on a more solid date for the rescissions package.” https://t.co/DeAY3BIQRl— Jennifer Shutt (@JenniferShutt) June 6, 2018
Last month, Walker penned an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal highlighting the rescissions package that President Donald Trump submitted to Congress in May, and why it is important to pass, calling it "the epilogue to March’s spending saga."
"Mr. McConnell said Tuesday that he’d consider bringing the president’s initial package to the floor, since it doesn’t affect any of the omnibus spending," Walker wrote. "Still, it’s unclear why a Republican would fight to preserve the dysfunctional process that led to the disastrous omnibus. Voters continuously remind us that Republicans should be doing everything possible to change the broken process. The reality is that Republicans gave their word to the American people to rein in out-of-control spending. Apparently some Republicans prioritize promises to Democrats in backroom deals over promises to the American people. In any case, it is disingenuous to insinuate congressional Republicans or Mr. Trump are trying to pull a fast one with any rescissions package. A Democrat-controlled Congress created the expedited process for rescissions in 1974, which bypasses the filibuster by requiring a simple majority."
The rescission package now heads to the Senate, where it can pass with a simple majority vote.
You can read the full text of the legislation here.