Loretta Sanchez cosponsors bill to reinstate Discretionary Spending Caps

We received the following release from Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-47) cosponsored a critical budgetary reform bill that will help restore fiscal discipline in government. H.R. 4871, the Spending Reduction Act, would reinstate discretionary spending caps to cut federal spending by over $400 billion over the next ten years. These caps would not necessitate any cuts from any agencies or programs, but rather force a much-needed prioritization of our limited resources.

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez

“Out-of-control discretionary spending threatens to cripple America’s economy and saddle future generations of Americans with mountains of debt,” said Rep. Sanchez. “Orange County families have been forced to make tough financial decisions, and it’s time for Congress to do the same. Discretionary spending caps will be an important tool in our fight to restore fiscal discipline in government.”

Introduced by fellow Blue Dog Reps. Frank Kratovil and Travis Childers, H.R. 4871 would cut non-security discretionary spending by 2% for each of the next three years and freeze spending levels for the subsequent two years. This discretionary spending cap would force Congress to prioritize our limited resources and make the tough year-to-year decisions necessary for restore balance to the federal budget.

Discretionary spending caps have a proven track record of controlling government spending and reducing the deficit. In the 1990s, under bipartisan agreements, Congress used discretionary spending caps to produce four balanced budgets. But since these caps were allowed to expire in 2002, discretionary spending has skyrocketed from $610 billion in 2000 to over $1.2 trillion in 2009. Together with the recently restored statutory PAYGO law, H.R. 4871 would take concrete action to address our growing deficit and provide fiscal conservatives like Rep. Sanchez with effective budgetary enforcement tools.

  8 comments for “Loretta Sanchez cosponsors bill to reinstate Discretionary Spending Caps

  1. Robert Lauten
    March 18, 2010 at 11:38 am

    … fiscal conservatives like Loretta Sanchez… ???
    The American Conservative Union rates her at 0%.

    http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=35863

  2. GotSomeJokes?
    March 18, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Wow, Loretta co-authored a bill? She’s good at that. Unfortunately, the bills she sponsors or co-authors do not survive committee, much less a vote on the floor. Check her stats Chris, in all her years as a Congresswoman, she has had 1, I will repreat for dramatic emphasis, 1 bill pass. What was that bill you ask? Back in 2002 I believe, her bill passed to rename a post office here in Orange County.

    13 years in office, 1 bill passed. That ranks her in the top 5 of the least effective lawmakers.

    Of course, your retort will be her effectiveness in being the key vote for important pieces of legislation right?

    How fitting, we’ve elected a Democrat into office to show up on voting days, say Yay or Nay, collect a paycheck, and plan her next vacation on the taxpayer’s dime. Throw in there some over the top questions to our military brass and accepting bribe money from defense companies, and you have effectively re-created…Loretta Sanchez.

  3. Robert Lauten
    March 18, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Wow! Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez wants to save $400 billion over 10 years. The problem is the:

    1.5 quadrillion (1,500 trillion) global derivatives bubble
    http://www.actindependent.org/G20.pdf

    (Global GDP is $60 trillion [1/25 of the global derivatives bubble].

    This is what is needed:
    http://www.larouchepac.com/lpactv?nid=13908

  4. March 18, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    If Loretta Sanchez was serious about saving money she would read the 2,900 page Health Care Bill. Chuck full of spending and 1700 new Government Bureaus, manned by thousands of new Public Union employees, overseeing the fictional 30million that need to be covered. 16,500 new IRS agents will be auditing tax returns making sure we all pay for this trillion dollar tax boongogle. This is not the hope and change we voted for!

  5. Slatemag
    March 18, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    What has she been doing in the last 13 years as a legislator when she authored a single bill? What else is she good at? Another audacity of nothing.

  6. ELAINE PROKO
    March 19, 2010 at 10:29 am

    GEE PASSING THE OBAMA HEALTH CARE SHOULD SAVE US A LOT OF MONEY–YOU THINK I WONDER HOW SHE WILL VOTE GOD HELP US I AM STILL WAITING FOR THE FENCE TO BE BUILT AND THE BORDER SECURED.

    ELAINE PROKO

  7. KoKoMo
    March 20, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Correct me if I’m wrong but, I don’t think Ms. Sanchez has ever met a stimulus she didn’t like.

  8. CJ
    March 20, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Lorretta,
    I understand from Orange County Labor members that you are not in support of the Health Insurance Reform bill. I hope your constituents that need health services, but don’t have jobs and if they do, don’t get sufficient insurance for themselves and their families. I hope you consider the people who elected you.
    CJ

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