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Newhouse Statement on House Passage of Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act

June 7, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 3, the Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act. H.R. 3 would rescind $15 billion in federal spending that is no longer needed for its intended purposes, or that has been sitting unused within agencies for years. H.R. 3 would also rescind funding that agencies cannot spend, or have no plans to spend, to return it to the Federal Treasury.

“Congress must align government spending – which is all taxpayers’ money – with our promises to taxpayers,” said Rep. Newhouse. “Steadying the fiscal ship of state will require a continuous effort to cut wasteful spending. Rescinding unspent funds is an important step to rein in spending, especially when our national debt exceeds $21 trillion.”

H.R. 3 would rescind funding that is no longer needed for its intended purposes, or that has been sitting unused within agencies for years. The bill would rescind funding from a Railroad Retirement Board program that ended in 2012. It would also rescind money from the Department of Energy’s loan program for Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing, which has not made a loan since 2011. Click here for more information.