The House rejected a Tennessee Congresswoman’s attempt to save taxpayer dollars on Tuesday, who was only proposing to cut most items in the legislative budget for the fiscal year of 2016 by a mere one percent.
During the voting process for next year’s legislative budget, which was already set to be lower than requested by the Obama administration, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) proposed her amendment.
Blackburn said that her proposal would save taxpayers tens of millions of dollars:
“I think there is more work that we could do, and my 1 percent across-the-board spending reduction will save taxpayers an additional $29 million in budget authority, and $25 million in outlays for fiscal year 2016.”
During the vote, Blackburn’s proposal was met with strong pushback from both Democrats and a large portion of her own party.
The final vote on the amendment was tallied at 172-250, which killed her effort to cut spending. Surprisingly, 72 Republicans voted against the amendment, unwilling to cut their own budgets.
Rep. Blackburn has made cutting spending and saving taxpayer’s money a priority during her tenure in Congress. According to the Washington Examiner, Blackburn has previously offered several budget-cutting amendments to Congress, most of which have failed.
There has been a lot of recent discussion in Congress about their budget, with one House member even making headlines on Monday when he said members of Congress need to be paid more.