U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers, R-Somerset, the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, admits his frustration.
The federal deficit — while still large— has fallen by almost half since he took over the committee. But no one seems to notice.
He’s tried to write appropriations bills that conform to the draconian budget passed by the Republican House and Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, but when those bills with the deep cuts to domestic spending programs necessary to meet that budget come to the floor, the same Republican House won’t pass them.
“A lot of our new, younger members on the budget committee like to be on the committee because it sounds good and they do it sort of as a messaging operation,” said Rogers. “What some of them don’t realize is that in addition to being a message, it’s a real number that we’re limited by.”
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