WASHINGTON (KFSM) — The House narrowly approved a rescissions package from the White House that aims to cancel billions in unspent funds from the prior fiscal year, much of which would not have been spent otherwise.
The vote was 210-206.
While the package nixes $15 billion, the Congressional Budget Office estimated it will essentially only save the government about $1 billion.
House Budget Committee Chairman and Arkansas Congressman Steve Womack (AR-03) showed support for the recissions package:
“I rise in support of this commonsense request from President Trump to responsibly rein in wasteful government spending.”
“This process helps us in Congress confront wasteful spending and draw back unspent funds on the discretionary side of our budget.”
“However, in order to slow down spending and actually have a chance at paying down any debt, we have to acknowledge what is actually driving the majority of this spending.”
Following the passage of the recissions package Womack stated:
“Funding our government is a fundamental responsibility of Congress, and I am encouraged that the House has begun this essential work by passing appropriations to enhance our nation’s energy and water infrastructure, ensure productive operations within the Legislative Branch, rebuild our military infrastructure, and provide for our military families.
“However, for the entirety of our government, the modern Congress has repeatedly failed to fulfill this duty because of the flawed budget and appropriations process. As co-chair of the Joint Select Committee charged with reforming it, I am working to find the solutions necessary to ensure regular order for not only for these important bills, but all government funding legislation.”
While it passed the House it’s unlikely to go far in the Senate, even though rescissions only need a simple majority and not subject to the normal 60-vote threshold to avoid a filibuster.