Sen. Roger Wicker introduces proposal to cut government use of unfunded mandates

Roger Wicker

Roger Wicker

On Friday, Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) introduced an amendment to the budget resolution before the Senate that would make it more difficult for the federal government to use unfunded mandates.

At present, 51 votes are needed to waive a motion against unfunded mandates with cost estimates of more than $75 million. Wicker’s amendment raises the vote threshold to 60 votes.

His amendment is one of nine he has proposed in what has been referred to as a “vote-a-rama,” in which the Senate has held a number of back-to-back votes on hundreds of proposed amendments to the budget resolution. Under federal law, Congress is required to pass a budget by April 15 of every year.

“Senate Democrats have failed to put forward real and lasting reforms in their tax-and-spend plan,” Wicker, who is also a member of the Senate Budget Committee, said. “Amendments provide a valuable opportunity to support important measures for financial responsibility. My amendments would help secure sensible budget savings and government reforms, including making unfunded mandates more difficult for Washington to use. Americans deserve a budget resolution that reins in spending, creates jobs and grows the economy, not the size of the federal government.”

Wicker has also introduced proposals to increase funding for the Transitional Housing Assistance Grants Program, which provides housing and support to survivors of domestic violence, to prevent national debt interest from exceeding national defense spending, to preserve funding for the National Guard’s Counterdrug School Program and State Counterdrug Support Program, to ensure federal green building policies are fair and transparent, to defund the United Nations Population Fund and re-direct funds to deficit reduction and malaria relief, to expedite the permit and leasing processes for federal lands, to eliminate the Office of Financial Research and to reform federal employee retirement programs.

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