(WASHINGTON – December 7, 2011) Representative Frank Guinta (R, NH-01) introduced the Spending Control Act and the Biennial Budgeting and Enhanced Oversight Act on Wednesday. They are part of a comprehensive package of nine budgetary reforms designed to strengthen spending controls, enhance oversight of government spending and bring honest accounting to Washington’s broken budget process. These reforms are another example of House Republicans working to reduce spending and bring accountability back to the federal government’s budget process.
“Two issues I strongly fought for as mayor of Manchester were biennial budgeting and a municipal spending cap,” Guinta said. “With these budgeting improvements, we successfully changed the debate from ‘how much can we spend?’ to ‘how much can we cut?’. The same approach will work in Congress. Granite Staters are tired of excuses for why we can’t reform Washington. I look forward to leading the charge not only for the two pieces of legislation I’ve introduced, but for all the reform bills that can change business as usual in Washington’s budgeting process once and for all.”
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said, “Congressman Guinta’s leadership in moving this critical budget process reform forward is essential to changing the way Washington spends hardworking taxpayers’ money. Currently, the deck is stacked against those like Congressman Guinta who want to control spending and ensure America tackles head-on the crushing debt burden. Lurching from budget crisis to budget crisis is no way to govern. Congressman Guinta’s Spending Control Act and Biennial Budgeting and Enhanced Oversight Act is a positive step in the right direction toward an honest and full accounting of the federal budget.”
The bills will now be considered by the House Budget Committee, on which Rep. Guinta serves.