Resolution to cut House committee budgets by five percent approved

 
The resolution approval follows mixed testimony given last week on the measure before the Committee on House Administration by Republican chairs and Democrat ranking members of each House committee.

When asked if a five percent cut would leave the Committee on Small Business with adequate funding to implement oversight responsibilities, Chairman Rep. Sam GravesSamuel (Sam) Bruce GravesTrump promises to unveil infrastructure plan after tax reform Trump admin launches program to help veterans become commercial pilots GOP lawmaker: White House, Congress have begun crafting infrastructure bill MORE (R-Mo.) said, “I think we do, and we’re certainly going to try.”
 
The Committee on Small Business Democrat ranking member, however, disagreed with Graves’ optimistic assessment.
 
“I’m going to be the bad cop here. I disagree with the chairman, and I’m trying to be helpful,” said Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.). “The five percent reduction will not enable the committee to make its commitment, and a big part of that is going to be its oversight mission.”
 
Representatives from the House Judiciary, Ethics and Armed Services committees all said that they were not staffing as many positions as previously anticipated because of the measure. And as members perform under the new budget parameters, several expressed concern that funding not be constrained further.
 
House Armed Services Committee chairman Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-Calif.) said, “Right now we’re making due with what we have, and I hope we’ll be able to do it without further cuts.”
 
Armed Services Committee ranking member Rep. Adam SmithAdam SmithHouse passes fix to defense bill's medical approval provision GOP chairman 'increasingly' concerned about using old war authorization House passes 2B defense policy bill MORE (D-Wash.) concurred, saying, “On both the minority and majority side, we’ve made the requisite cuts in staffing to accommodate that level and we can live within that current level. We’re hoping that five percent level is what we stay at.”