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Congressman Diane Black

Representing the 6th District of Tennessee

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Spending Cuts and Debt

On this Administration’s watch, our nation is nearly $20 trillion in debt and out-of-control Washington spending has no end in sight. This immoral debt burden threatens the kind of country that we leave behind for our children and grandchildren. I am committed to balancing our budget and ending the borrow-and-spend cycle that has gone on for too long in Washington.

In Congress, I proudly cosponsored a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and, as a member of the House Budget Committee, co-authored budget proposals that slash more than $5 trillion in federal spending to balance our books within ten years – all without raising taxes.

Beyond these steps, I believe there are three key actions Congress must take to return our nation to a point of fiscal solvency:

Return to Regular Order:  This means passing an annual budget and each of the requisite funding bills by October 1 of each year. Bloated, catch-all “omnibus” measures — like the $1.1 trillion spending bill passed last December over my objections — make it easier to hide unnecessary spending and open up bureaucracies to greater waste and abuse. Conversely, passing individual appropriations bills will better position Congress to evaluate each government agency on its merits so that we can move any dollar and cut any dollar where appropriate.

Enact Zero-Based Budgeting: This budgeting practice would force every agency to justify its spending by starting with a budget of zero and working up from there. It would give us a fuller, more accurate picture of the federal budget by putting every cost on the table to be reviewed for relevancy and effectiveness each year. This will position Congress to achieve real spending cuts rather than just slowing the rate of growth in government spending. Zero-based budgeting exists throughout the private sector and it can work in Washington too – that’s why I’m cosponsoring the ZERO Act, legislation to implement this budgeting practice throughout the federal government.

End the Practice of Blank Checks to Raise the Debt Ceiling:  In Congress, I have voted against every blank check to raise the federal debt ceiling. A decision to raise Congress’ borrowing authority without any budgetary reforms or spending cuts guarantees that the government will arrive in the exact same position sooner rather than later. Congress should instead leverage these opportunities to demand real cuts and engage the Obama Administration in an honest conversation about federal spending.

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More on Spending Cuts and Debt

October 4, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. –  Chairman Diane Black joined Maria Bartiromo today on “Mornings with Maria” to discuss the Budget, tax reform and her reaction as a nurse to the tragedy in Las Vegas. Click here or on the image below to view the full interview.

February 11, 2016 Press Release


To watch Congressman Black’s remarks on the House floor, click HERE or the image above

February 9, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a member of the House Budget Committee, released the following statement in response to President Obama’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2017:

December 18, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a member of the House Ways & Means Committee and Budget Committee, voted against the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill for Fiscal Year 2016. The legislation passed over Congressman Black’s objections by a vote of 316 to 113. Black released the following statement:

October 28, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC– Today Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a member of the House Budget Committee, voted against H.R. 1314, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. Black released the following statement:

October 9, 2015 Press Release

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7QKePdbNHk&feature=youtu.be

To watch Congressman Black’s remarks at the reconciliation markup, click HERE or the image above. 

April 30, 2015 Press Release

Watch Congressman Black’s remarks HERE or by clicking the image above

April 20, 2015 Press Release

 

Watch Congressman Black’s remarks at the budget conference committee HERE or by clicking the image above.

March 24, 2015 Press Release


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