Corker: Beware Shiny Objects, Don’t Negotiate Away Hard-Won Spending Reductions

Thursday, October 3, 2013

On the Senate floor Wednesday, Senator Bob Corker, (R-Tn.), expressed concerns that the focus on the “shiny object,” the health care law, as it relates to the continuing resolution (CR) has taken attention off spending reductions and encouraged his colleagues not to “negotiate away the hard-won gains that we were able to put in place to reduce spending and to help make our country stronger.”

For the first time since the 1950s, the Budget Control Act, passed by Congress and signed into law in 2011, reduced domestic discretionary spending for successive years from $1.43 trillion in FY 2012 to $988 billion in FY 2013.  This level would be lowered further to $967 billion if Congress continues to uphold the BCA in an agreement to fund the government for the FY 2014, which began Tuesday.

Senator Corker said, “I’m concerned that so much focus has been placed on the ‘shiny object,’ the health care law, as it relates to the CR that our focus has been taken off the gains that we’ve made in controlling spending. Sometimes when people find themselves in a box canyon or in a place that is difficult, people begin doing things that are not in the best long-term interests. My message to the House would be: whatever you have to do to cobble together 218 votes to pass a bill relative to the CR and the debt ceiling, please do not negotiate away the hard-won gains that we were able to put in place to reduce spending and to help make our country stronger.”


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