Congressman Tom Price On Budget Agreement

December 11, 2013 9:29 am

by Nathan · 14 comments

Congressman Tom Price (R-GA-06) has issued a press release on the budget agreement reached by the House and Senate budget conference committee:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06), a member of the House and Senate budget conference committee, issued the following statement regarding the agreement.

“It is increasingly obvious that success – particularly in divided government – has to be measured in positive steps, not leaps and bounds,” said Congressman Price. “But in doing so, the American people expect their elected officials to find common ground without sacrificing the principles we hold dear.

“This agreement – more than $20 billion in deficit reduction compared to current law with zero tax increases – reflects both that common ground and our conservative principles. Just as important, we are jumpstarting the appropriations process so that future spending decisions reflect our priorities.

“Moving forward, the manner in which spending reductions occur will not be based on arbitrary cuts that usurp the proper role of Congress in determining the nation’s budget priorities. Instead, this package relies on smarter cuts and common sense reforms, which make incremental progress toward the ultimate goal – a smaller, more efficient and accountable Washington.”

Congressman Tom Price, M.D., is vice chairman of the House Committee on the Budget. He is a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, as well as the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.


peachpundit (@peachpundit) December 11, 2013 at 9:29 am

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xdog December 11, 2013 at 9:53 am

So the fix is in. Wonder how many reps join the Stockman/Gohmert wing in resisting. Price’s statement heralds good news for the country and shows that maybe the GOP is back from its wild trips in fantasy land. Especially good news for Paul Ryan’s ambitions.

Thomas Adams (@GeorgiaCRE) December 11, 2013 at 10:31 am

Congressman Tom Price On Budget Agreement – Congressman Tom Price (R-GA-06) has issued a press release on the …

Rambler14 December 11, 2013 at 10:56 am

Considering his close relationship with Paul Ryan,
this language does not surprise me.

notsplost December 11, 2013 at 11:30 am

Disappointing, to say the least.

The GOP just traded away its’ best leverage over the Democrats for essentially nothing – higher “user fees” (cough, cough, taxes) on airline travelers, some modest increase in future government and military employees contributions to their pensions, and a bag of donuts.

And as always, the increases in spending will happen immediately, while the supposed “offsets” occur over 10 years, when we know they will likely get repealed by some future Congress even more derelict in their duty to fulfill their oath of office, if that’s even possible.

Looks like I’ll be supporting Price’s challenger in the primary, assuming he even gets one that is.

TheEiger December 11, 2013 at 12:33 pm

So $23 billion in deficit reduction while at the same time reducing the harmful part of sequester to our military is a bad thing? I don’t think so. This all or nothing mentality has to go because we will always get the nothing part of that fight. I fail to see how forcing federal employees to give more to their own retirement is bad.

So what you are saying to everyone is you would prefer to stand up and bang your fist on the podium and scream bloody murder about out of control spending and then vote no on a bill that does just what you are talking about?

John Konop December 12, 2013 at 7:07 am

I agree……yet I do think 3 areas could be addressed to find more efficiency, one redundancy example we have 47 different agencies doing Job programs can we not consolidate more agencies? We also need to put in an inhanced transactional fraud system for Medicare/ Medicaid. Finally we really need to deal with bending the cost curve on healthcare, which I realize both sides are scared of doing. I find few with the guts to tell people we can only afford so much…..

Dave Bearse December 13, 2013 at 9:59 am

Hey, banging on the podium worked for Khrushchev.

Harry December 11, 2013 at 12:32 pm

“I will gladly balance a spending increase today with a spending cut next decade.” – Wimpy

Rick Day December 11, 2013 at 11:29 pm

I know you were being sarcastic, but I will whistle Wimpy’s words too, when (like it or not) spending [at this point and time] is a guaranteed stimulation/substantiation of the economy.

No one ever asks me what it would take (for me) to join the ranks of the GOP. I am a humble man and ask only two things.

1. Declassification of cannabis from the CSA
2. Elimination of JTF style pork programs and divert the funds to NASA and scientific research.

I’ll gladly give you all three legs of gummit if you give us the people these two concessions.

Dave Bearse December 13, 2013 at 10:03 am

He’s simply supporting the GOP actions for sustained stable economic growth. Ramp up deficit spending in support a of bubble. Cut spending to increase the magnitude of contraction during a recession.

D_in_ATL December 11, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Jamie Dupree ‏tweeted…
Defense budget would be set at $520.5 billion, domestic discretionary at $491.8 billion

If you believe in the economics of guns or butter, then something is truly wrong. How many wars are we fighting presently? Who are we defending ourselves from that deserves this level of paranoid investment? This type of spending imbalance is what will ruin us.

Harry December 11, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Future generations need less of both.

Jon Lester December 11, 2013 at 12:43 pm

If you recall, Paul Ryan’s proposed budget would have taken 40 years to arrive at a balance, so the only real news here is that Senate Democrats agreed to do a few of those small increments.

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