e-Update: Supporting Responsible Spending Reductions


2013-02-28 18:46:28
<iqs3.solutions.lmit.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx johanns-iq&crop=18188.62328070.12209082.14749790&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fw ww.johanns.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm> Senator Johanns e-Update February 28, 2013 There has been much talk lately about the automatic budget cuts that are set to go into effect tomorrow. As I've said all along, the problem isn't the amount of spending reductions - $85 billion, but the indiscriminant nature of the cuts. That is why today, I voted for legislation <iqs3.solutions.lmit.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx johanns-iq&crop=18188.62328070.12209082.14749790&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fw ww.johanns.senate.gov%2fpublic%2f%3fp%3dPressReleases%26amp%3bContentRec ord_id%3d934b18ae-79ae-488c-98f1-86da3a2f7e94> that would give federal agencies and the Administration the ability to make responsible spending reductions equal to the sequestration. This would allow agencies to reduce wasteful spending without impacting key government programs. The legislation would also retain Congressional oversight of the budget, since the President's plan would receive expedited consideration from Congress. Unfortunately this legislation failed 32-68. Our country must address overspending by the federal government by making smart decisions and prioritizing how we spend taxpayer dollars. Targeted cuts should be aimed at nonessential programs. It is hard to believe that the federal government can't find three cents of every dollar to cut. The President's budget has paid for lavish conferences in Las Vegas and spending $33 million on a tourist railroad in Alaska - which equal the combined cuts the Administration is threatening to border security fencing and infrastructure. The first place to start cutting is not essential services, as the Administration is trying to tell us. With a $3.5 trillion annual budget, there are plenty of accounts that we can trim responsibly. Sequestration leaves Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid largely untouched. We need to be looking for ways to create jobs, reduce our spending, and strengthen our entitlement programs for the future. I remain committed to working with anyone who wants to work towards smart reductions in our federal budget. Now is the time to put scare tactics aside and focus on reducing wasteful spending. Click <iqs3.solutions.lmit.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx johanns-iq&crop=18188.62328070.12209082.14749790&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fj ohanns.senate.gov%2fpublic%2f%3fp%3dEmailSenatorJohanns> here <johanns.senate.gov/public/ to leave your remarks for Senator Johanns. Stay in touch with Senator Johanns on <iqs3.solutions.lmit.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx johanns-iq&crop=18188.62328070.12209082.14749790&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fw ww.facebook.com%2fMikeJohanns> <iqs3.solutions.lmit.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx johanns-iq&crop=18188.62328070.12209082.14749790&redirect=https%3a%2f%2f twitter.com%2f> <iqs3.solutions.lmit.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx johanns-iq&crop=18188.62328070.12209082.14749790&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fw ww.youtube.com%2fuser%2fSenatorMikeJohanns%3ffeature%3dmhee> To unsubscribe, email xxx ate. gov . <iqs3.solutions.lmit.com/iqextranet/Customers/quorum_johanns-iq/ iqtrk.gif?crop=18188.62328070.12209082.14749790>


Senator Johanns e-Update
February 28, 2013

There has been much talk lately about the automatic budget cuts that are set to go into effect tomorrow. As I’ve said all along, the problem isn’t the amount of spending reductions – $85 billion, but the indiscriminant nature of the cuts. That is why today, I  that would give federal agencies and the Administration the ability to make responsible spending reductions equal to the sequestration. This would allow agencies to reduce wasteful spending without impacting key government programs. The legislation would also retain Congressional oversight of the budget, since the President’s plan would receive expedited consideration from Congress. Unfortunately this legislation failed 32-68.

Our country must address overspending by the federal government by making smart decisions and prioritizing how we spend taxpayer dollars. Targeted cuts should be aimed at nonessential programs. It is hard to believe that the federal government can’t find three cents of every dollar to cut. The President’s budget has paid for lavish conferences in Las Vegas and spending $33 million on a tourist railroad in Alaska – which equal the combined cuts the Administration is threatening to border security fencing and infrastructure. The first place to start cutting is not essential services, as the Administration is trying to tell us. With a $3.5 trillion annual budget, there are plenty of accounts that we can trim responsibly. 

Sequestration leaves Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid largely untouched. We need to be looking for ways to create jobs, reduce our spending, and strengthen our entitlement programs for the future. I remain committed to working with anyone who wants to work towards smart reductions in our federal budget. Now is the time to put scare tactics aside and focus on reducing wasteful spending.

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