CONGRESSMAN LLOYD SMUCKER (R-PA) RELEASED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT AFTER HE VOTED AGAINST H.R. 1158 & H.R. 1865 “FISCAL YEAR 2020 APPROPRIATIONS”
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker (PA-11) released the following statement after he voted against H.R. 1158 & H.R. 1865, "Fiscal Year 2020 Appropriations"
“This process is becoming too familiar – taking government funding down to the wire, massively increasing spending levels, and then spending above those increased levels without implementing any meaningful spending reforms.”
“We were given less than 24 hours to review a two-part 2,313-page bill that funds every single part of the government. While the bill has some provisions I strongly support, such as increasing funding for our military, providing servicemembers a 3.1% pay raise, increasing funding for the NIH, repealing harmful taxes that were implemented by the Affordable Care Act, and numerous others, combining sweetener provisions with legislation that has not been adequately debated is not the right way to govern. This spending package will increase our national deficit and further saddle taxpayers with growing interest payments on our national debt.”
“We have had months to work in a bipartisan manner to responsibly fund the federal government, yet my Democrat colleagues chose to focus all of their time on partisan impeachment proceedings and leave their legislative duties until the last possible week to pass critical policies. Today’s legislation feeds Washington’s addiction to spending instead of curbing it and grows the size of the bloated federal government. We owe it to the American people to do what they sent us to Washington to do - our jobs.”
Congressman Smucker has been an advocate for reforming the federal budget process. In the last Congress, he introduced the Joint Commission on Budget Process Reform Act (H.R. 4911), that would have created a joint commission to review the federal budget process and make recommendations on how to make improvements. This commission would have been bipartisan/bicameral and include relevant members of the Executive Branch. The Congressman has also been an advocate for ending governing by crisis. He introduced The Government Shutdown Prevention Act in the last Congress and this one, which would provide an automatic CR for an appropriation bill not complete before the end of the fiscal year. Federal funding would be continued at 95 percent of previous levels on the day the automatic CR enters effect. If appropriations bills, or CR, are not passed 60 days after the new fiscal year, funding would be reduced by an additional two percent, and funding levels would be reduced an additional two percent during each subsequent 60-day period.
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