Congress is in the process of sending President Obama a bill that trims billions of dollars from the budget. Senator Ben Nelson says this will keep the government from closing shop for the next two weeks.
“The central part of the agreement cuts $4 billion in spending, a majority of it from previously earmarked funds. I introduced a resolution back on February 3rd that stated that Congress should resend funding established by F-12 or FY10 earmarks. I am glad that idea has been embraced by my colleagues to avoid a government shutdown.”
Senator Nelson says the next two weeks will be busy days in DC.
“Over the next 2 weeks, Congress hopes to negotiate a final agreement to fund the remaining six months of the year. That will mean more cuts and they are needed as we need to reduce spending in Washington. While it is good today’s bill cuts 4-billion dollars in government spending and we got a strong bipartisan vote in the Senate after the same in the house, the reality is we could be back in the same boat facing a shutdown in two weeks. We don’t need to shut the government down. We just need to work together and get a budget passed. Nebraskans expect us to do that. That is how we operated during tough times when I was governor of Nebraska and there is no reason we can’t put aside partisanship and come together.”
Senator Nelson is putting his plan together and it appears the red pen will get a workout.
“The buck shrinks here. We need to leave by example and that is what I’m doing. My hope is the example we set by reining in spending for the Legislative Branch Bill which controls spending of members of Congress’ Office, the Government Accountability Office, the Congressional Budget Office, the Capitol Complex, the Capitol Police, some 17 hundred uniformed police officers and 300 support staff and more, will serve as a model for all government.”
The president still has to sign the measure to avoid a complete shutdown of the federal government. The deadline is Friday.