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Cardoza: Bill creates tool pushing Congress and President to cooperate on cutting spending

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep.Dennis Cardoza (D-CA-18) said he joined his colleagues in the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition in introducing responsible legislation creating a new tool for cutting wasteful spending.

The Reduce Unnecessary Spending Act of 2011 would require Congress to promptly consider spending cuts proposed by the President, giving them a straight “up or down” vote and dedicating the approved savings to deficit reduction, according to a news releaase.

“Partisan gridlock in Washington is actually protecting wasteful spending from elimination,” Cardoza said in the news release. “This common sense bill will prompt Congress and the President to work together in a timely, efficient manner to cut unnecessary spending and reduce the deficit. Government needs to run more like a successful business and make the tough choices that will lead to a balanced budget.”

The Reduce Unnecessary Spending Act of 2011 would create an expedited process that would allow the President to sign an appropriations bill into law and at the same time propose to Congress that specific non-entitlement spending be rescinded, or “cut.” The President would send his recommendations for rescissions to Congress within 45 calendar days. If a majority in both the House and the Senate vote for the rescissions package, the spending cuts would become law, the news release said.

The Reduce Unnecessary Spending Act of 2011 has 28 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives. The bill also has broad bipartisan support in the Senate, with 33 cosponsors from across the political spectrum, the news release said.