House passes bill cutting spending to unnecessary government programs

Rep. Claudia Tenney

House passes bill cutting spending to unnecessary government programs

Provides the longest and most generous extension of CHIP to the program in 20-year history

Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (NY-22) announced the passage of H.R. 3, Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act. The rescission recalls unobligated balances, which is money that was appropriated in years past but never actually spent. This tool, established in 1974, has been utilized by every president from Gerald Ford to Bill Clinton and were previously approved on a bipartisan basis.

“Washington’s spending problem is detrimental to the safety and security of our children and grandchildren,” Tenney said. “That’s why I’ve led the fight to eliminate wasteful spending and ensure that our government works for the people. There is no reason that unspent taxpayer money should sit idly in unused accounts. This legislation puts our fiscal house back in order as well as prioritizes important programs like CHIP. Thirty-seven percent of children across the 22nd District depend on CHIP for many of their health care services, such as routine doctor’s visits, immunizations, prescription medications and dental care. That is why Congress passed, and the president signed into law a 10-year extension of the CHIP program, the largest in its 20-year history.”

According to Tenney’s office:

  • The rescission package does not cut current funding for CHIP. The rescission recalls unused funding appropriated in 2015 and has zero impact on current programs or current CHIP funding. Congress reauthorized CHIP in 2017 with new funding that the rescission package does not touch. CHIP funding expired on September 30, 2017, and the rescission targets the previously unused funding from the 2015 package. The rescission has no impact on current programs.
  • Recently, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) found that rescissions from the Child Enrollment Contingency Fund would not affect payments to states that finance the CHIP program and would result in no coverage losses.
  • In October of 2017, Tenney voted for a budget that would have saved the taxpayers $203 billion, balanced the budget within the next 10 years and reduced the deficit by $6.5 trillion. The Senate failed to take up and bring this bill to the floor for a vote.

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