There are many victories in this proposal. It moves the ball forward in that it continues us on a path of reducing the budget deficit and authorizes less spending in FY 2015 than the agreed upon cap in the Murray-Ryan Budget Control Act. The package is far from perfect and I do not agree with everything in it, but it cuts spending, advances a number of energy policies, contains no new spending for Obamacare, and protects and creates jobs by including my Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act. On balance it is a victory for taxpayers.–Rep. Tom Reed
So what are the flaws in the bill that Tom says he dislikes?
- While Reed was supportive of the measure’s balance, he would have liked to have seen spending levels even lower.
- The bill does nothing to address the lack of funding for federal highway repairs and construction.
- Reed was also hoping to see more “flexibility” to allow states or local agencies to make changes to social welfare programs.
- As for political contributions, he said while he doesn’t support waiving the limits, he is happy that taxpayers are no longer funding political conventions.
Calling for lower spending without saying what he would cut leaves Tom’s constituents wondering what he means. What sort of flexibility he would give states is also a mystery.
© William Hungerford – December 2014