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Traditionally, chairmen and ranking members control two-thirds and one-third of their committee’s overall budget, respectively. It has been hard enough with an 11.4 percent reduction in funds from the 111th Congress’ levels, House Administration Committee Democratic staff director Jamie Fleet said. “They have one-third of the money with an equal share of the workload,” Fleet said of Democrats.
Also, because Congress is operating under stopgap spending that held most government spending at fiscal 2012 levels through March, more changes could be on the way, depending on how the government is funded after March.
In an interview with CQ Roll Call in December, Miller said she was prepared to enforce whatever funding restrictions are needed.
“I come out of ... Southeast Michigan, where we have gone through the most painful economic transition in my lifetime as a state,” she said. “We were No. 1 in all the categories you don’t want to be No. 1 in ... so I don’t think there will be much sympathy for members of Congress to tighten their belts.”