Woodall Amendments Save $5.1 Million in Taxpayer Money

July 12, 2011
Press Release

Washington, DC – On Monday evening, the House passed two amendments to the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill that were written and introduced by Congressman Rob Woodall (R-GA).  Under a new policy implemented by House Republicans, all money saved from programs cut in appropriations bills can be deposited in a Spending Reduction Account, so that money cut from programs will not be spent on any other projects.

Woodall’s first amendment cuts $4.9 million from FY 2012 spending by eliminating a climate change study carried about by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“This amendment isn’t about whether you believe that the earth’s climate is warming, cooling, or not changing at all—it’s about ensuring the efficient allocation of taxpayer resources,” Woodall said.

He continued, “The Army Corps of Engineers is a construction agency—not a scientific research agency.  Its mission does not include climate change.”

Woodall’s second amendment eliminated $200,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy for a program to encourage students [in grades 3-8], teachers, and families to learn more about energy consumption and efficiency. 

“This program is a new initiative launched during a time when America is not in any position to pay for existing programs, let alone new ones.  Parents and teachers should teach children how to turn off a light switch, but we shouldn’t need a new federal program to make it happen,” Woodall said.

The House will vote on the final version of the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill later this week. 

“In the context of the multi trillion-dollar debt that our nation owes, $5.1 million is a drop in the bucket,” Woodall said. “However, one small amendment at the time, my colleagues and I are changing the culture of excessive spending of the past, and working to get our financial house back in order.”

As testimony to how this new House is changing Washington, the final Energy and Water Appropriations Bill for FY 2012 is expected to lower spending to 2006 levels.