Requirement in Budget Submission With Respect to the Cost Per Taxpayer of the Deficitby Representative Doug Collins
Posted on 2013-03-05
COLLINS of Georgia. Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of this
legislation and I thank the gentleman from Indiana for his continued
leadership on this issue.
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H.R. 668 requires this administration, and future administrations, to include a cost-per-taxpayer calculation of the Federal deficit in their annual budget submission.
Transparency is not a political issue. Regardless of which side of the aisle we sit on, our constituents deserve to know how they are impacted by the decisions we make here in Washington.
This legislation removes the excuses from those who wish to pretend that our country is not facing a fiscal crisis. It replaces rhetoric with fact.
Hard-working men and women in my district, and across America, should know what our out-of-control spending here in Washington is costing them.
The administration recently released their budget for Fiscal Year 2013. It forecasts a $901 billion deficit this year alone.
My friends in the other body, on the other side of the aisle recently proposed a sequester replacement bill that would add $41.5 billion to the deficit in 2013. Over 10 years, the bill would add another $7.2 billion to the deficit.
Taxpayers deserve to know what such proposals would cost them individually. This is a commonsense bill that already passed the House in the form of an amendment. This isn't a political issue, it is reasonable and rational legislation that lets the American people know we can be serious about their financial future, and the financial future of the country.
I urge my colleagues to support this legislation.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. The question is on the motion offered by the gentleman from Indiana (Mr. Messer) that the House suspend the rules and pass the bill, H.R. 668.
The question was taken.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. In the opinion of the Chair, two-thirds being in the affirmative, the ayes have it.