What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Adequate Government Funding for a Broad Range of Human Needs : S Con Res 21. (Fiscal 2008 budget resolution). Allard of Colorado amendment to pay down the federal debt by reducing spending on programs rated as ineffective/On agreeing to the amendment (2007 senate Roll Call 90)
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S Con Res 21. (Fiscal 2008 budget resolution). Allard of Colorado amendment to pay down the federal debt by reducing spending on programs rated as ineffective/On agreeing to the amendment
senate Roll Call 90     Mar 22, 2007
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Win

This vote was on an amendment by Wayne Allard, R-Colo., that would have reduced spending for 47 federal programs rated "ineffective" by the Office of Management and Budget's "PART" program. Allard said PART is a non-political performance assessment of about 1,000 federal programs performed by career professionals in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

The amendment was offered to the budget resolution that serves as the blueprint for Congress' budget priorities in fiscal 2008. The budget resolution sets overall spending targets for the Appropriations committees and outlines other budget rules.

His amendment would slash some $18 billion in federal spending across a broad array of programs, including those related to natural gas technology, migrant farm workers, health professions, radiation exposure and screening, and many others.

"Congress should prioritize funding programs that perform well. Ineffective programs, in particular, should be scrutinized to determine if the resources they use could be better spent elsewhere and if their goals could be achieved through another means," Allard said.

In opposing the amendment, Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D., said he doesn't necessarily disagree with the thrust of the amendment, but opposes it because the budget resolution is not the appropriate place to offer the amendment.

"Unfortunately, a budget resolution cannot assure the right things would be cut. As you know, we don't really have that power. We just give a block of money to the Appropriations Committee and they decide how to spend it," Conrad said.

Democrats were successful in defeating the amendment with a resounding vote of 33-64. Fifteen Republicans sided with Democrats to vote the amendment down. Thus, the budget resolution went forward without language that would have cut spending for 47 programs rated as "ineffective" by the Office of Management and Budget.

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