Friday, May 19, 2006

House Avoids Spending Cuts

The House of Representatives yesterday passed the Interior Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 2007. I'm a little disappointed, because Congressman Jeff Flake was considering offering a raft of amendments to eliminate earmarks, but because he was in Arizona with the President, was not able to do so.

At the same time, Joel Hefley of Colorado offered an amendment to reduce spending in the bill by 1 percent. It would have been an across-the-board cut, reducing spending in the bill by about $250 million. Not much in federal terms, but a cut nonetheless.

The amendment was defeated by a vote of 312-109.

Oooff. There's a lot of work to do.

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