By Vicki Needham - 02/28/11 11:40 PM EST
The two-week continuing resolution should help the vital process of deficit reduction by ending near-sighted political games over a government shutdown, and beginning a far-sighted discussion of spending and budgetary reform," Moylan said.
The House had passed a seven-month bill that would last through the end of the fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30, that cuts $61 billion from current spending. The stopgap measure freezes spending at 2010 levels since Congress didn't push through a new budget to provide funding for 2011.
In the long-term bill, NTU supported numerous amendments to reduce spending levels, including proposals to strip funding for an alternate engine on the F-35 fighter, removing Davis-Bacon wage requirements on projects as well as a Republican Study Committee amendment to cut another $19 billion in non-security discretionary spending.
On Feb. 17, Moylan testified before the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee where he identified $3.1 trillion in spending reductions and offered suggestions for restructuring entitlement programs.