Gregg: Republicans Urge Budget Conferees to Adjust Democratic Budget That Spends, Taxes, and Borrows Too Much

Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Judd Gregg today joined Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Tom Coburn (R-OK), John Cornyn (R-TX), Jim DeMint (R-SC), John Ensign (R-NV), Mike Johanns (R-NE), Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and David Vitter (R-LA) in offering motions to instruct Senate conferees of the Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Resolution Conference.

 

“In its current form, this budget puts us on a path to go over an economic cliff,” said Senator Gregg. “It spends too much, taxes too much and borrows too much. Once the ramifications of this budget become a reality, even France will look more fiscally responsible than we do. Instead of simply rubber-stamping this unsustainable budget blueprint, I join my colleagues in strongly urging the conferees to make the needed adjustments. Our recommendations to reduce spending, taxes and debt will go a long way toward stabilizing the economy now and in the long-run.”

 

Senate conferees will be Senators Kent Conrad (D-ND), Patty Murray (D-WA) and Judd Gregg (R-NH).

 

 

Motions to Instruct Conferees on the FY10 Budget Resolution

Offered by Republican Senators

 

Motion to Instruct Conferees to Preserve Johanns Amendment to Prohibit the Use of Reconciliation to Pass Cap and Trade Legislation

Offered by Senator Johanns (Agreed to)

Conferees instructed to “insist that if the conference report includes a Deficit Neutral Reserve Fund to Invest in Clean Energy and Preserve the Environment and Climate Change Legislation similar to section 202 of S. Con. Res. 13 as passed by the Senate, then that Deficit Neutral Reserve Fund shall also include the language contained in section 202 (c) of S. Con. Res. 13 as passed by the Senate, which provides that the Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee may not revise allocations for legislation if that legislation is reported from any committee pursuant to Section 310 of the Congressional Budget Act.”

 

Motion to Instruct Conferees to Block the Doubling of Public Debt Levels

Offered by Senator Gregg (Not agreed to)

Conferees instructed that the conference report should “limit the increase in the public debt for the period of 2009 through 2019 to an amount no greater than the amount of public debt accumulated from 1789 to January 20, 2009.”

 

Motion to Instruct Conferees to Keep Non-Defense and Non-Veterans Discretionary Spending at Current Levels

Offered by Senator Sessions (Not agreed to)

Conferees instructed that the conference report should “freeze non-defense

and non-veterans funding for 2 years, and limit the growth of non-defense and non-veterans funding to 1% annually for fiscal years 2012, 2013 and 2014.”

 

Motion to Instruct Conferees to Preserve Ensign Amendment to Protect Middle-Class Taxpayers from Tax Hikes

Offered by Senator Ensign (Agreed to)

Conferees instructed that the conference report should include a “point of order against legislation that raises taxes on middle-income taxpayers (single individuals with $200,000 or less in adjusted gross income or married couples filing jointly with $250,000 or less in adjusted gross income) as contained in section 306 of the concurrent resolution, as passed by the Senate.”

 

Motion to Instruct Conferees to Preserve Cornyn Amendment to Protect Small Businesses from Tax Hikes

Offered by Senator Cornyn (Agreed to)

Conferees instructed that the conference report should “provide for the extension of the top individual tax rates for small businesses as contained in section 229 of the concurrent resolution, as passed by the Senate, and further be instructed to insist on the inclusion in the final conference report of the point of order against legislation that raises Federal income tax rates on small businesses as contained in section 307 of the concurrent resolution, as passed by the Senate.”

 

Motion to Instruct Conferees to Preserve Alexander Amendment that Maintains a Competitive Student Loan System

Offered by Senator Alexander (Agreed to)

Conferees instructed that the conference report should “include the Senate position maintaining a competitive student loan program that provides students and institutions of higher education with a comprehensive choice of loan products and services contained in Sec. 203 of S. Con. Res. 13, as passed by the Senate.”

 

Motion to Instruct Conferees to Eliminate Wasteful Spending

Offered by Senator Coburn (Agreed to)

Conferees instructed that the conference report should “include a reserve fund that promotes legislation that achieves savings by going through the Federal Budget line by line, as President Obama has called for, to eliminate wasteful, inefficient, and duplicative spending, as set forth in Section 224 of S. Con. Res 13, as passed by the Senate.”

 

Motion to Instruct Conferees to Protect the Ability of Americans to Choose Their Health Care Provider

Offered by Senator DeMint (Agreed to)

Conferees instructed that the conference report should “include a point of order against the consideration of any bill, joint resolution, amendment, motion, or conference report that (as determined by the Congressional Budget Office) eliminates the ability of Americans to keep their health plan; eliminates the ability of Americans to choose their doctor; or decreases the number of Americans enrolled in private health insurance, while increasing the number of Americans enrolled in government-managed, rationed health care that eliminates the ability of Americans to keep their health plan. The point of order raised under this motion may be waived or suspended only by an affirmative vote of three-fifths of the Members, dully chosen and sworn. An appeal of the ruling of the Chair on the point of order raised under this motion can be sustained with an affirmative vote of three-fifths of the Members of the Senate, duly chosen and sworn.”

 

Motion to Instruct Conferees to Preserve the Vitter Amendment that Prohibits an Increase in Energy Costs

Offered by Senator Vitter (Agreed to)

Conferees instructed to “insist that if the final conference report includes any reserve funds involving energy and the environment, that such section shall include the requirements included in section 202 (a) of the Senate-passed resolution to require that such legislation would not increase the cost of producing energy from domestic sources, including oil and gas from the Outer Continental Shelf or other areas; would not increase the cost of energy for American families; would not increase the cost of energy for domestic manufacturers, farmers, fishermen, or other domestic industries; and would not enhance foreign competitiveness against U.S. businesses.”