|Rep. Marsha Blackburn|
The legislation would require cuts of 1, 2 and 5 percent, respectively. The reductions would apply to discretionary spending. Defense, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs spending would be exempt from the proposed cuts.
“As stewards of the taxpayer dollar, we have a duty to make responsible decisions with these funds,” Blackburn said. “Reducing spending by just 1 percent would save taxpayers approximately $4 billion in 2015.” Blackburn said the majority of Americans support the spending cuts. “A Rasmussen poll conducted (in May 2014) revealed that 56 percent of Americans support across-the-board spending cuts,” Blackburn concluded. “This has been true for some time according to polling data. It is time we honor the wishes of the American people.”