Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on the budget recently passed by the House:
“The House passed a budget agreement that, combined with previous House budgets, has reduced discretionary spending by $176 billion since fiscal year 2010. And it does so while also putting necessary restrictions on the Obama Administration. The bill cuts funding for the scandal-plagued IRS by $345.6 million and maintains a prohibition on scrutinizing non-profits based on political belief. It also decreases funding for the job-killing EPA for the fifth consecutive year and reduces agency staffing to its lowest level since 1989. To restrict Eric Holder’s Justice Department that has consistently failed to enforce America’s laws, we cut almost $700 million from the Justice Department’s budget. And on Obamacare, this bill cuts funding for the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) by $10 million, provides no funding for a taxpayer bailout of insurance companies through Obamacare’s risk corridor program, and blocks any new funding to implement the law.
“But this budget agreement is more than just a win for individual conservative policies. By passing two separate funding bills, the House ensured two things. First, we are on a better footing in the new year to take advantage of having Republican majorities in the House and Senate. Next year, Congress will have the time and ability to work through a normal appropriations process without having to constantly pass continuing resolutions, which gives us greater opportunity to implement our policies. Second, Congress will have the ability to work against President Obama’s executive amnesty early next year with a Republican majority in the Senate and an even stronger majority in the House. With the new Congress, we can work to restore the government’s constitutionally established separation of powers that this President has so flagrantly ignored. I want to thank the House Appropriations Committee and Chairman Hal Rogers for their hard work putting together this important bill.”