Space Launch Liability Indemnification Extension Actby Representative Ander Crenshaw
Posted on 2014-01-15
CRENSHAW. I thank the chairman for yielding.
Madam Speaker, I rise in strong support of this omnibus appropriations bill. I think it demonstrates that even though we have a divided government, when we get together, we can sit down, we can set priorities, we can reduce spending and we can meet our constitutional responsibility of funding the Federal Government.
As chairman of the Financial Services Subcommittee, I am proud of the work that--along with my ranking member, Mr. Serrano, and the other members of the subcommittee--we have accomplished. We produced a bill that in the end is a lean funding. We provide critical moneys for those high-performance agencies, and we rein in spending on some of the programs that aren't quite as efficient or are downright wasteful.
I think we all remember the IRS scandal where the IRS was singling out individuals and groups of individuals based on their political philosophy, harassing and bullying them. They were wasting money on lavish conferences and videos. Well, we said to the IRS, we are going to reduce your funding until you demonstrate to us that you can spend money in a wise and efficient way. And we said, no more can you spend money to harass individuals or groups of individuals based on their political philosophy. But we do carve out money to provide taxpayer services to provide for moneys to pursue people that cheat on their taxes.
We adequately fund the Federal judiciary, we adequately fund--fully fund--the Small Business Administration loan program. We help small businesses, and we help entrepreneurs because we recognize that about 75 percent of all the new jobs in our country are created by these small businesses.
Finally, we fund regulators like the SEC and the FCC at a lean, mean level. We ask them to do more with less. We ask them to provide adequate regulation and smart regulation, not job-killing and excessive regulation.
At the end of the day, there has been a lot of hard work and a lot of negotiation but, most of all, a great deal of cooperation. I urge my colleagues to support this bill.