Lewis wants spending held at 2008 levels

Lewis said holding spending at fiscal 2008 levels "will save the taxpayers nearly $100 billion this year and will force the necessary budget decisions."

A lack of a budget or work on fiscal 2011 spending bills "has perpetuated uncertainty and economic instability, job loss, and a contributed to the nation’s drawn-out recession," he said. 

Neither the Senate nor the House moved budgets through their chambers this year — no spending bills have been sent to President Obama. 

“Lowering government spending, extending tax cuts, and lifting overly-invasive regulations will free up resources to create new jobs and shore up America’s economic future.”