|April 12, 2011
Last Friday an agreement for the Fiscal Year 2011 Budget was reached by the Speaker of the House, Senate Majority Leader and President. On early Saturday morning, the House and Senate passed a five-day agreement to keep the government open, which ensured our troops in the field continued to receive their paychecks. On Thursday, the House is expected to vote on the final budget agreement, and I want to be sure you receive the details that might not have been highlighted in the media. My priorities are encouraging job creation, cutting government spending, and repealing the trillion-dollar health care law, and I will base my vote on whether this agreement moves us toward those important goals. The following are the components of the budget agreement:
- Cuts nearly $40 billion in spending for part of this year. Over the next 10 years, these spending cuts will add up to hundreds of billions of dollars.
- Funds our troops for the remainder of the fiscal year.
- Forces a vote in the U.S. Senate on the repeal of the health care law that already passed the U.S. House, and a vote in the Senate to end funding to Planned Parenthood.
- Denies additional funding to the IRS for more IRS agents to implement and enforce the mandates in president’s health care reform law.
- Requires an audit of the health care law to review the waivers granted by the White House and review the cause of health insurance premium increases.
- Bans taxpayer funding of abortions in Washington DC.
- Requires yearly audits, both by the private sector and Government Accountability Office, of the Dodd-Franks law’s financial sector regulations, to determine the impact on job creation, lending to small businesses, and costs to consumers.
- Eliminates 40 ineffective programs in the Department of Education.
- Reduces spending for the operation of Congress by $103 million.
- Prevents Guantanamo Detainees from being transferred to the United States or countries that cannot properly detain them.
I will be reviewing the merits of this proposal in the coming days. If you would like to let me know how you feel about this proposal, please visit my website.
I will continue to work to cut federal spending and give employers the confidence they need to expand their businesses and create jobs.
Congressman Tim Walberg
|Washington DC Office
418 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6276
Fax: (202) 225-6281
800 West Ganson St.
Jackson, MI 49202
Phone: (517) 780-9075
Fax: (517) 780-9081