Iowa Congressman Tom Latham Votes to Continue House Cost Saving Measures by Almost $600 Million
"This legislation puts us on track to cut spending in the House by nearly $600 million since 2011"Washington, D.C. - Congressman Latham voted today to approve the fiscal year 2015 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill (H.R. 4487). The total amount approved is $122.5 million below the President’s request, signaling a continuation of efforts in the House to reduce the cost of the federal government.
“Washington needs to continue to exercise fiscal discipline if we want to turn the economy around and create an atmosphere favorable to job growth. Families across the country are trying to find ways to spend smart and scale back. The government ought to continue to do the same. This legislation puts us on track to cut spending in the House by nearly $600 million since 2011,” Congressman Latham said.
The legislation provides increased funding for U.S. Capitol Police to continue improving security and access to Capitol visitors and boosts funding for the Government Accountability Office. It also includes a provision to freeze the pay of Members of Congress, preventing any pay increases in fiscal year 2015. A freeze on the salaries of Representatives has been in place since 2010. The House of Representatives, as a whole, has reduced its cost by 14% since Republicans took control in January 2011.
“I will continue to vote in favor of not raising our pay until we can get the Government on a sound fiscal footing,” added Congressman Latham.