Womack: Short-Term CR Has Negative Budgetary Impact

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Budget Committee Ranking Member Steve Womack (R-AR) today spoke on the House floor to highlight a provision in the short-term continuing resolution (CR) that would have a significant negative budgetary impact.

This CR repeals a rescission of funds in the 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, resulting in a $75.7-billion increase in mandatory spending. Ranking Member Womack offered to the House Rules Committee an amendment that would offset this spending increase, but it was not adopted.

From the House floor, Ranking Member Womack said:

“This provision would have a significant budgetary impact on mandatory spending, which is the primary driver of our nation’s growing debt. Let me be clear: my amendment would have allowed the highway funding to go forward, but simply called for it to be paid for.”

He continued:

“The House should have an opportunity to consider whether to offset this funding in a fiscally responsible manner. I find it troubling we were not given the chance to do so… Mr. Speaker, is it not apparent yet to the discerning people of America and everyone in this chamber that this is a flawed and broken process and we need to fix it?”

View Ranking Member Womack’s full remarks as prepared here.

View the text of Ranking Member Womack’s amendment here.