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Cutting Wasteful Spending While Protecting Our Priorities

June 28, 2013 - 4:06pm


It is essential for Republicans and Democrats in Congress to work together on a budget that cuts wasteful spending while supporting jobs, the economy, and middle-class families. The President has been clear that he will not sign individual appropriations bills that simply attempt to enact the House Republican budget into law, which would hurt our economy and make draconian cuts to middle class priorities.

Instead of reinforcing the Administration’s all-of-the-above approach to energy, the House Republican Energy and Water Appropriations bill drastically undermines the work of the Department of Energy. It undermines our ability to help American families save money on their utility bills by reducing energy use; research efforts to improve energy efficiency in the buildings and manufacturing sectors; efforts to improve the electrical grid; work to advance grid reliability; and programs working on renewable energy and advanced energy research projects critical to our clean energy future and economy. The House Republican proposal would also cut essential national security efforts required to implement the President’s nuclear strategy, meet the commitment to the New Start Treaty, and carry out the President’s initiative to secure nuclear materials worldwide.

These cuts would harm our economy and national security and would have significant consequences for years to come.