U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta statement on House passage of two more budget reform bills

Rep. Guinta praises the passage of two more bills to fix Washington’s broken budget process

(Washington – February 8, 2012)    Representative Frank Guinta (R, NH-01) issued the following statement after today’s House passage of H.R. 3521, the Expedited Legislative Line-Item Veto and Rescissions Act and H.R. 3581, the Budget and Accounting Transparency Act this week. H.R. 3521 passed today, while H.R. 3581 passed yesterday.  They join two additional budget reform bills the House passed last week (H.R. 3578, the Baseline Reform Act and H.R. 3582, the Pro-Growth Budgeting Act).  All four await action by the Senate.  Rep. Guinta is a member of the House Budget Committee.

“Although some of these budget reform bills have received bipartisan support in the House, they continue to pile up on the steps of the Senate. Increased transparency, oversight, and accountability should not be partisan issues.  However Senate Majority Leader Reid continues to block such reforms. Just as he bears full responsibility for the Senate’s refusal in passing a budget in over 1,000 days, the fact that we are unable to reform Washington’s broken budget process rests at his feet, too.

“I remain hopeful that Majority Leader Reid will listen to the American people and finally pass a budget and fix the process.   Regardless, I will continue fighting for legislation in the House that will change the status quo in Washington and fix this broken system.”

Summary of the bills:

H.R. 3521, the Expedited Legislative Line-Item Veto and Rescissions Act

·         Provides for the expedited consideration by Congress of specific requests by the President to reduce discretionary spending in appropriations legislation.

H.R. 3581, the Budget and Accounting Transparency Act

·         This bill increases transparency in federal budgeting by reforming the way certain costs are calculated and requiring that certain costs incurred by the Federal government are included in the budget.