Finally, among many other proposals, the presidentís budget outlines billions in savings from the discretionary budget. From reducing funding for Interiorís National Heritage Areas and the EPAís Diesel Emissions Reduction Program, to eliminating duplicative workforce programs at the Department of Labor, the presidentís budget includes dozens of reductions to discretionary programs that would save taxpayers $10 billion.
The American people have seen that the easiest thing to do in Washington is nothing. That isnít good enough anymore. The American people want us to act now. If Congress took action on these items, we wouldnít solve our debt and deficit problems but we would be making progress.
While Iím going to continue to fight for a grand bargain that will help our economy grow to its potential, Iím not willing to let the perfect be the enemy of the good and the doable. The presidentís budget contains billions in savings that should prompt bipartisan action today.
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., is the ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
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