Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today introduced three separate pieces of legislation calling for across the board spending cuts of one, two and five percent. These cuts would apply to discretionary spending and exempt Defense, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs funding in Fiscal Year 2015 and Fiscal Year 2016.
“Our nation is currently more than $18 trillion in debt. The time is now for Washington to start living within its means.” Blackburn said. “It is not fair to hard working taxpayers and future generations that Washington continues to spend money we don’t have for programs we don’t want or need. We must get back on a track to fiscal health.
“As stewards of the taxpayer dollar, we have a duty to make responsible decisions with these funds. Reducing spending by just 1% would save taxpayers approximately $4 billion in 2015. A Rasmussen poll conducted in May 2014 revealed that fifty-six percent of Americans support across the board spending cuts. This has been true for some time according to polling data. It is time we honor the wishes of the American people.”