Committee on the Budget

Tom Price

Statement from House Republican Conferees on Today's Budget Conference Meeting


WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Republican Conferees serving on the Budget Conference Committee issued the following statements after today's Joint Senate-House meeting.

Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06): "Completing a budget is one of Congress’ core legislative responsibilities. It helps ensure we are embracing our Constitutional power of the purse and legislating in an orderly manner that provides for the most transparency and accountability. As the House and Senate sit down together to find an agreement on a unified budget resolution, we must remember that a budget is more than just a set of numbers. It is a reflection of our priorities and vision for how we can achieve real results and move our country in the direction of greater opportunity, economic growth and a safer and more secure nation – one where Americans have the best chance of achieving their dreams for the future."

Vice Chairman Todd Rokita (IN-04): "A balanced budget is crucial to giving individuals, families, and job creators greater certainty for the future. It is my goal that as we begin this reconciliation process, the result will be an accountable, positive, pro-growth, and unified budget. The American people are looking for leadership, and now is our chance to demonstrate it."

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25): "The first responsibility of our federal government is to ensure the safety and security of the American people, which is why our budget needs to fully support our military and intelligence communities. The growing unrest and instability in many parts of the world remind us daily what is at stake. The House budget puts us on a sustainable, fiscally responsible path while protecting our men and women in uniform and our national security. I look forward to working with my Senate colleagues to resolve the differences in our two plans so we can move America forward and have a unified budget that balances and gets our fiscal house in order."

Congressman Diane Black (TN-06): "I am looking forward to working alongside my fellow conferees to craft this bicameral budget agreement. As a nurse for more than 40 years, I am particularly interested in discussing how our budget can lay a vision for a better way forward on healthcare. If we truly want to offer real-world healthcare solutions that strengthen the doctor patient relationship, that let families keep more money in their pocket, and that protect our seniors – it starts with erasing the damage of Obamacare and offering a clean slate to work from. We have an opportunity through this budget process to do exactly that."

Congressman John Moolenaar (MI-04): "This budget balances within ten years.  Leaving less debt to our children is vital and our national debt is costing us jobs, because a debt-to-GDP ratio over 90%, hinders economic expansion and job creation.  In the future, debt payments will crowd out spending for the priorities of the American people, including national security, medical research and programs to protect our Great Lakes. This budget also calls for a tax code that is simpler and fairer for all Americans.  Many Americans just filed their tax returns, ending another year they had to deal with the long and complex federal tax code. And, the tax code complicates the plans of small businesses to expand and hire new workers, while burying them under paperwork and pulling their time and talents away from running their businesses. Tax reform would boost the slow economic recovery and has the potential to add 1 million new, private sector jobs.”

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Chairman Price Opening Statement: Budget Conference Meeting


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After weeks of hard work, the House and Senate approved our respective budgets last month – both of which were balanced budget proposals. Now we are here to continue that work and find an agreement on a unified budget resolution.

I want to thank our colleagues in the House and Senate for their important work and dedication to this effort. Completing a budget is one of our core legislative responsibilities, yet Congress has gone without one for several years now. So I look forward to this opportunity to restore adherence to a process that will ensure Congress is fully embracing its power of the purse and legislating in an orderly manner that provides for the most transparency and accountability.

That being said, we all know that a budget is more than just a set of numbers. It is a reflection of our priorities, of our vision for the future. When done in a responsible way, it can provide a foundation for moving our country in the direction of more opportunity, economic growth and a safer and more secure nation. So we are not here today just to make the numbers add up – we are here to make the federal government more accountable to taxpayers and to achieve real results so that American families have the best chance of achieving their dreams for the future.
For years, failed policies coming out of Washington have been holding America back. Deficits remain in the hundreds of billions and are set to begin going even higher in the years to come. For millions of Americans, wages are stagnant and opportunity is scarce. In short, this has been the worst economic recovery in the modern era – and if we remain on our current course, the future does not look much brighter.  In fact, the Congressional Budget Office has regularly revised its ten-year average economic growth projections down from 3.0 percent in its 2012 outlook to just 2.3 percent in its most recent outlook.

We need to turn the page on this new normal of anemic growth and embrace policies that will foster the growth of a healthier economy.
To start, that means a credible budget that balances, reforms key programs and eliminates waste and inefficiencies throughout the federal bureaucracy so taxpayer dollars are spent more wisely. To ensure Medicare, Medicaid, nutrition assistance and other similar programs are able to deliver on the promises made to the American people, they have to be solvent, they have to be targeted towards those who truly need assistance, and where appropriate, states and local communities ought to have more freedom and flexibility to administer these programs.
A balanced budget can be and ought to be achieved without raising taxes. Washington does not need to take more from hard-working Americans – it needs to start living within its means. 

I’d remind my colleagues that every dollar that is taken for taxes and every dollar that Washington borrows is a dollar that cannot be used to pay the rent, to buy a car, to buy a home, to send a kid to college, to open a business or to expand a business and create jobs.
Instead of taking more to spend more in Washington, we should reform the tax code so it’s simpler, fairer and so American job creators are not disadvantaged in the global marketplace.

Fundamental tax reform would contribute to a healthier economy with more opportunity.

At the same time, we have to rid ourselves of Washington policies that are harming individuals, families and businesses – policies like Obamacare. Repealing the president’s health care law would pave the way to starting over on patient-centered health care reform – where patients, and families, and doctors are making medical decisions – not Washington, DC.

And while we are getting rid of what does not work, we have to be adequately supporting that which is vital to the success and security of our nation

That is why we must ensure our military men and women have the resources they need to carry out their missions and protect our country. Make no mistake, we must and we can provide robust funding for our troops, and do so in a way that is both fiscally responsible and reflective of the tremendous threats facing America, our allies and our interests around the world.
Because a budget is more than just a set of numbers, because it’s a vision for how we can achieve a stronger nation with more opportunity, we are obligated to take a hard look at the status quo and ask ourselves some pointed questions.

Do we want to have a nation where our fellow citizens can be trapped in a web of welfare programs that discourage self-sufficiency and instead shackle them to government dependency? Do we want our nation’s retirees to have a health care program that is going bankrupt and that without reforms will not keep its promises?

Do we want to continue to force low-income individuals and families into a Medicaid program in which access to actual care is limited, where doctors are grossly under-reimbursed and therefore unable to see and treat patients?

Should our college students face years of crippling debt because of a government-run student loan program that drives up tuitions?

We have to ask these questions and others. And, at the end of the day, because the answer to all of them ought to be “of course not,” we have to figure out the right policies so we leave our kids and grandkids a stronger nation -  one that provides the greatest amount of opportunity, and the greatest amount of success, for the greatest number of people, so that the greatest number of American dreams may be realized – and doing so in a way that is fair and compassionate to all.

The current policies in Washington are not working. They have shown they cannot break the pattern of a growing debt, an underperforming economy and too many folks just struggling to get by. 

The budget we will produce from these negotiations must respect the American people and respect the seriousness of the challenges we face so that we can provide positive alternatives, real solutions to achieve real results.

I want to thank Chairman Enzi and everyone serving on the committee for their hard work. I look forward to hearing the thoughts and ideas of my colleagues here and in the days to come.
We have a big job ahead of us to get this country back on track. Working together we will produce a budget and pursue policies that will build a stronger, more prosperous and more secure America.

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Price Statement on Appointment of Budget Conferees


WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06) issued the following statement today after Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced the conferees for the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Conference:

“Congress is set to forge an agreement on a plan to balance the nation’s budget. Both the House and Senate have already passed our respective proposals that would achieve that goal, and today’s appointment of conferees is the vital next step. In the days to come, we will sit down and discuss how to advance these positive solutions together in order to secure more economic growth and opportunity, hold Washington accountable, promote patient-centered health care, and ensure a strong national defense. At a time when our nation faces many challenges both at home and abroad, I look forward to working with my colleagues to achieve real results for the American people.”

The following members will serve as conferees:

Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06)
Vice Chairman Todd Rokita (IN-04)
Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25)
Congressman Diane Black (TN-06)
Congressman John Moolenaar (MI-04)
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Chairman Price and Chairman Enzi Joint Statement on FY2016 Budget


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06) and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) met to discuss the Fiscal Year 2016 budget. After the meeting, Chairman Price and Chairman Enzi issued the following joint statement: 

“Republicans are committed to creating a balanced budget that will boost our nation’s economic growth and help restore the promise of a government that is more effective and accountable. We look forward to the Senate-House conference beginning its work as early as next week, followed by Congressional passage of a joint concurrent budget resolution for our nation.”
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Price Applauds House Passage of A Balanced Budget for a Stronger America


WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06) issued the following statement today after the House of Representatives passed H.Con.Res 27, the Fiscal Year 2016 budget resolution – A Balanced Budget for a Stronger America:

“After an open and honest debate, the House of Representatives has passed a balanced budget that would hold Washington accountable, protect our nation, grow our economy, and empower individuals, families, job creators and our local communities. It repeals in full the onerous regulatory oppression of Obamacare so we can put in place patient-centered health care reforms that will expand access to quality, affordable health coverage. It is a budget that credibly addresses our fiscal and economic challenges so we can deliver real results for the American people. 

“Right now, failed Washington policies are contributing to an unsustainable growth in the nation’s debt, stagnant wages for hard-working taxpayers and the worst economic recovery in the modern era. Our budget would build a stronger America by creating more opportunity, saving and improving Medicare and Medicaid, making government more efficient and effective and our tax code simpler and fairer. At the same time that we are balancing the budget – without raising taxes – so that we address the threat our debt poses to our national security, we are boosting defense spending so that our brave men and women in uniform have the vital resources they need to complete their missions.

“The House has endorsed an optimistic vision for America’s future. I am grateful for the hard work and dedication of my follow members on the House Budget Committee and my colleagues in the House for their invaluable contributions to this effort. We look forward to working with the Senate in the days and weeks to come to build a stronger and more secure future for America.” Read More

Price Applauds Committee Passage of FY2016 Budget, Looks Forward to Full House Consideration


WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06) issued the following statement after the House Budget Committee passed the FY 2016 budget resolution, A Balanced Budget for a Stronger America:

“The House Budget Committee has taken a strong step forward in addressing the nation’s fiscal and economic challenges. The committee’s approval of our balanced budget proposal follows months of honest discussion and debate by our members in consultation with our colleagues in the House to put forth a package of positive solutions. Every member and their staff is to be commended for their hard work and dedication to this important endeavor.

“We know that a balanced budget will mean more opportunity and a healthier economy for hard-working American families. It will mean a more secure nation where we are able to provide our brave men and women in uniform the resources they need to complete their missions and defend our freedoms. By demanding Washington live within its means, we are forcing government to be more efficient, effective and accountable, providing our local communities the freedom and flexibility to improve the delivery of vital services and assistance to those in need, and saving and strengthening vital programs for America’s seniors.

“We look forward to bringing our budget to the Floor next week for consideration by the full House of Representatives under a rule that will address the concerns that have been raised about vital funding for our national security. This will give us the opportunity to advance our optimistic vision for America’s future where more Americans can realize their dreams, grow their businesses, provide for their families and contribute to the strength and vitality of our great nation.” Read More

Chairman Price Opening Statement: FY 2016 Budget Mark Up


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Good morning and thank you to everyone for being here.

We meet today to consider the Fiscal Year 2016 budget resolution and I want to thank everyone who has been a part of developing these positive solutions to address our nation’s fiscal and economic challenges.

When we look at America today, we see a nation that is not living up to its economic or leadership potential. Too many of our neighbors are out of work or living paycheck to paycheck. Too many hardworking taxpayers are learning to do more with less while Washington is unwilling or unable to solve challenges with positive solutions.

We know we can do better and we must do better on behalf of the individuals, families and job creators all across this great country that get up every day and do their part to make our communities safe and strong.

The budget proposal we are considering here today is a plan to make Washington more efficient, more effective, and more accountable to those we serve – to create genuine opportunity and a healthier economy. Our plan honors our commitments to the American people so that we deliver real results.

First and foremost, we balance the budget. We achieve $5.5 trillion in savings over 10 years, eliminate annual deficits so we can begin to pay down the debt and avoid the fiscal crisis that is threatening our nation’s future.

This is not just some accounting exercise. Remember: every dollar paid in taxes and every dollar borrowed by Washington is a dollar that can’t be used by the people of this great country to buy a car, pay the rent, send a child to college or technical school, buy a house, or expand a business. Getting our debt under control will create meaningful and measureable results that will benefit every American. A balanced budget means a healthier economy where folks can have more confidence and certainty in the future. It means we avoid an out-of-control growth in the nation’s debt, in interest payments on that debt which by themselves will swallow critical spending priorities. We avoid future tax increases and true austerity measures that would harm families and job creators.

Our budget sets forth positive solutions to save, strengthen and secure programs like Medicare and Medicaid so they can actually deliver on the commitments that have been made to the American people.

In our budget, we ensure we are meeting our responsibility to provide for the defense of our nation – so we have a stronger, safer and more secure America. The brave men and women who protect our freedom need the resources to complete their missions. This budget honors our commitment to them, their families and to the veterans whose proud legacy they carry with them.

In a dangerous world, a future fiscal crisis would make the job of protecting and defending the American people that much more difficult. The former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen has called our debt “the single, biggest threat to our national security.” That’s a threat our budget aims to defeat head-on. There can be no national security without economic security.

As we all know, too often Washington focuses on short-term political considerations rather than real problem solving – where rhetoric takes the place of real results. In our budget, we take an honest look at our vital government commitments – whether it is seniors on Medicare or veterans who have served this nation with honor and distinction – and we make sure that promises are kept and real results are achieved.

When it comes to controlling spending, we do not ask the American people to bail out Washington with higher taxes and more debt. We take our responsibilities seriously and genuinely address the drivers of the debt.

Our budget puts a premium on accountability, efficiency and effectiveness in all areas of the federal government. We streamline government functions and regulatory authority to stop taxpayer dollars from being wasted on programs that are not working.

We also acknowledge that the best ideas do not come from Washington. Year after year, we see more power concentrated in Washington where decisions are made with a one-size-fits-all approach.

America is a diverse nation. Our cities, states and local communities know best how to develop solutions that will best serve their people. Our budget realigns the relationship the federal government has with states and local communities by respecting and restoring the principle of federalism. From health care to education, states will be empowered to create their own solutions, free of onerous Washington mandates or overregulation.

This plan, A Balanced Budget for a Stronger America, is a blueprint for how we solve our nation’s fiscal and economic challenges. The success of these ideas is dependent on the courage and common sense of policymakers to break away from the failed policies of the past and pursue a new course. We are ready to turn these words into actions and produce real results for the American people.

Again, I appreciate very much the diligent work of the members of our committee and their staffs on this important endeavor, and I look forward to an open, honest and productive conversation here today. Read More

Chairman Price Op-Ed in USA Today: Balance the Budget for a Prosperous America


By Tom Price
Chairman of the House Budget Committee
March 17, 2015

At the core of America's character lies a founding belief that we as a people ought to always strive to build a better, more innovative, open and free society. When we look at America today, we see a nation that is not living up to its economic or leadership potential, and the reason why has nothing to do with the quality and character of the American people. Rather, Washington has been unable or unwilling to tackle big challenges with positive solutions.

That's unacceptable, and it is why Tuesday we are introducing "A Balanced Budget for a Stronger America." It's a plan to create jobs and restore fiscal discipline in Washington by empowering individuals, families, businesses and our local communities with the freedom and flexibility to build a healthier economy.

First and foremost, we balance the federal budget in less than ten years by reducing spending by $5.5 trillion — without accounting gimmicks or higher taxes. This puts us on a path to pay down the national debt. This is in stark contrast to President Obama's budget proposal which never, ever balances despite trillions in tax increases.

Our goal is not merely to make Washington live within its means. It is to lift the cloud of uncertainty that is hanging over our economy. We know that job creators and future entrepreneurs see today's large debt levels as tomorrow's likely tax hikes, interest rate increases, and inflationary pressures. Through policies like fundamental tax reform, expanded energy production and the streamlining or outright elimination of unnecessary regulations, our budget would create an environment where folks can plan for the future with greater confidence and optimism.

Click here to read the full op-ed.
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House Budget Committee Introduces “A Balanced Budget for a Stronger America"


WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Budget Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06) issued the following statement today after the House Budget Committee introduced its Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposal, A Balanced Budget for a Stronger America:

“Today, our nation faces tremendous fiscal and economic challenges and, if nothing is done, a future of less opportunity and low expectations. The proposal that the House Budget Committee has introduced today – A Balanced Budget for a Stronger America – is a plan to force Washington to start tackling these challenges with positive solutions. It is a plan that balances the budget in less than ten years, secures and strengthens vital programs – like Medicare – provides our military men and women with the resources they need to protect American families, and would make Washington more efficient, effective and accountable to hard-working taxpayers. In this budget, we have embraced the innovative spirit of the American people by putting forth policies that can deliver real results and that empower individuals, families, job creators and our communities to build a stronger more secure future.”



Balances the Budget

•  Balances the budget in less than 10 years without raising taxes, in contrast to the President whose budget never balances
•  Cuts $5.5 trillion in spending – higher than any previous House Budget Committee proposal
•  Calls for a fairer, simpler tax code to promote job creation and a healthy economy
•  Places the country on a path to paying off the debt by growing the economy and making government more efficient, effective and accountable
•  Calls on Congress to pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution

Repeals Obamacare

•  Repeals Obamacare in full – including all of its taxes, regulations and mandates
•  Promotes freedom of choice, affordability, and patient-centered health care solutions
•  Eliminates IPAB, an unelected, unaccountable board of bureaucrats charged with making coverage decisions on health care

Ensures a Strong National Defense

•  Provides for a strong national defense through robust funding of troop training, equipment and compensation
•  Boosts defense spending above the president’s levels while putting in place a plan to responsibly address the current spending caps and the threat of sequester  

Secures Our Future

•  Ends the Obamacare raid on Medicare
•  Strengthens Medicare by making structural improvements to save the program
•  Eliminates the “double dipping” of Disability Insurance and Unemployment Insurance
•  Prevents the president’s plan to raid the regular Social Security Trust Fund

Restores Federalism

•  Rejects the notion that Washington knows best and devolves power back to the states
•  Promotes innovation and flexibility for Medicaid, nutrition assistance, education and other programs

Cuts Waste, Corporate Welfare and Improves Accountability

•  Cuts waste, eliminates redundancies and ends the practice of Washington picking winners and losers in our economy
•  Calls for reforms to the regulatory system to improve transparency, efficiency, effectiveness and accountability Read More

Price Responds to CBO’s Analysis of President’s Budget


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its analysis of the president’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget. In its review, CBO affirms that the president’s budget never, ever balances. It includes a $547 billion spending increase, a $1.8 trillion tax increase and at the end of the decade in 2025, the annual deficit would be over $800 billion.

In response to CBO’s analysis, House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06) issued the following statement:

“CBO’s analysis of the president’s budget confirms that it is not a serious proposal to solve our nation’s fiscal and economic challenges. Instead, the president continues to rely on job destroying tax hikes to fuel more reckless spending in Washington. And despite taking over a trillion dollars more out of the pockets of hardworking Americans, the president’s budget will add an additional $6.7 trillion to the national debt over the next ten years and never, ever balance. His policies and the debt they create are standing in the way of a healthier economy and degrading the American people’s trust in the ability of policymakers to tackle tough challenges.

“Soon House Republicans will release a balanced budget that embraces America’s innovative spirit to grow our economy and make the responsible decisions needed to reform government so it is more efficient, effective and accountable to American taxpayers. We will put forward solutions that will truly address our nation’s fiscal and economic challenges and deliver real results.”

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