Love him or hate him, Broun has been quite successful on his mission to slow down the appropriations process by adding amendments to cut spending, and according to them, has had more amendments pass the House than any other Congressman. Roll Call has profiled him in a piece called Broun’s Budget By 1,000 Cuts:
Broun’s amendments stand out not only because of the sheer number but also because of the strategy of attempting to chip away at the bills’ bottom-line numbers in a piecemeal fashion. Republican amendments — like those King offered — have historically placed conditions and prohibitions on how funds can be used. Lawmakers from both parties typically attempt to hack larger amounts from the total appropriation or to shift money from one account to another.
Six of the amendments Broun proposed to the Agriculture bill attempted to cut less than $100 million from various programs. For instance, one Broun amendment would have cut $21 million from the operation and maintenance of Agriculture Department buildings. Another proposal would have entirely scrapped a $180 million international child nutrition program and four others made 10 percent cuts to programs like the Agriculture Marketing Service and the Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program. Broun also offered an amendment to reduce by half the number of passenger motor vehicles the Agriculture Department could purchase next year.
Broun’s staff went through the bill provision by provision to identify spots where they could make incremental cuts without offending constituents, Griffanti said.
“Many of the programs I have proposed cutting or eliminating are wasteful, do not serve their original purpose, and have grown exponentially in cost over the years — to the point where we can no longer afford them,” Broun said in a statement issued last week.
It’s easy to just give up when approaching the US Budget, given that gutting all discretionary spending would barely balance the 2012 books. Broun is attacking at the margins, however, and helping hold the reigns on the spending side while entitlement reform and tax code issues can hopefully shore up revenues when the economy improves.
Just think about what he could accomplish if he could get sworn in…