Insular Areas and Freely Associated States Energy Developmentby Representative Ander Crenshaw
Posted on 2014-12-11
CRENSHAW. Mr. Speaker, I thank Chairman Rogers for yielding me
this time, and I thank him for his leadership in this appropriations
As chairman of the Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee, let me highlight a few areas in our part of the bill.
Overall, we reduce spending by $246 million in an effort to rein in the out-of-control spending. Some areas are increased, some are decreased. For instance, law enforcement receives an increase. Drug abuse prevention receives an increase. Small business receives an increase, as does women's business centers. They help grow our economy and create jobs.
On the other hand, there are some agencies that don't do so well. They waste taxpayer dollars and become ineffective. I think a lot of people agree that the Internal Revenue Service has betrayed the trust of the American people. They have wasted taxpayer dollars. They have singled out individuals and groups of individuals based on their political philosophy, and they have not cooperated with congressional investigation. Therefore, their funding is reduced by $346 million.
All in all, it is a balanced approach. We spend less money than we spent last year. It is a good portion of the bill.
Let me take a moment to say thank you to Rodney Frelinghuysen, chairman of the Defense Subcommittee upon which I sit. I want to thank him for his tireless work in this area, for allowing members like me to help draft legislation that clearly puts our men and women in uniform first, clearly helps save lives by making sure that we have the best qualified, the best trained, the best equipped military, and it makes all Americans safer.
All in all, it is a great bill. I urge my colleagues to support it.
Mrs. LOWEY. Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to yield 2 minutes to the distinguished gentleman from Arizona (Mr. Pastor), the ranking member of the Transportation-HUD Subcommittee.