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Congressman Emanuel Cleaver

Representing the 5th District of MISSOURI

Budget and Appropriations

The Federal Budget and the Appropriations process are important to our district and to my work in Congress.

Given our current economic climate, and the mounting national debt, it is imperative that Congress take appropriate action to protect future generations. This is an ongoing debate that requires the cooperation of both parties. I remain committed to responsibly reducing the deficit, but not at the cost of critical programs that support our most vulnerable communities. We cannot only rely on hard working American families to continue making the majority of the sacrifices. Irresponsible cuts not only weaken our nation's full recovery, but also weaken our ability to create jobs. We must address our growing deficit in a strategic and comprehensive manner.

Many proposals to change our federal budget and our tax code have been offered recently. Last year, I voted in favor of H.R. 8, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, also known as the legislation to avert the fiscal cliff. This bill, now law, was not perfect, but I believe it is in reaching out and finding compromise that we find a way to move forward, keep our economy on the right track, and increase employment for hard-working people in Missouri’s Fifth District.

This law permanently extended tax cuts for the middle-class, extended credit for working families, and provided additional measures to protect families and promote economic growth. The law required millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share to reduce the deficit, through a combination of permanent tax rate increases and reduced tax benefits. And this agreement ensured that we can continue to make investments in education, clean energy, and manufacturing that create jobs and strengthen the middle class. While these are broad and complex issues, ultimately I believe we need to create jobs, reduce the deficit, help small businesses grow, and support the middle-class. I support closing loopholes that help companies ship jobs overseas, encouraging businesses to keep and create well-paying jobs here, and investing in our country’s infrastructure and education. 

I support ending the damaging sequester, and I have opposed sequestration since it first came before the House Floor for a vote. As you may know, sequestration is a process of automatic, largely across-the-board spending reductions. Sequestration has its origins in the Budget Control Act, which I did not support. It has always been avoidable, and in fact was created to be so awful and disastrous that it would encourage Congress to come together to avoid it. Our economy is still recovering, and these drastic and dangerous cuts have hurt children, seniors, small businesses, public servants, and men and women who so proudly and selflessly wear a uniform to protect our country. We need to replace these arbitrary, unnecessary cuts and enact legislation to create jobs, strengthen the middle class, grow the economy, and responsibly reduce the deficit. I have – and I will continue – to call on all of my colleagues to do what is right for our nation’s economy, and for the hardworking families in my district.

Overall, we must expand economic growth for all, make critical investments in our future, and reduce the deficit. We must put forth a budget which does not provide for tax breaks for the wealthy and big business on the backs of hard working American families and our most vulnerable communities.

 

More on Budget and Appropriations

Mar 16, 2017

“President Trump’s FY18 budget contains significant cuts and changes to several departments that are simply put -- harmful.

Dec 20, 2016

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II (MO-05) advocated for the inclusion of language in the end-of-year Continuing Resolution – H.R. 2028 - and is pleased to announce that the language was included in the final bill. H.R. 2028 was passed by the U.S. House earlier this month by a vote of 326-96. This added language will help further the redevelopment of the old Bannister Complex.

Feb 9, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the White House sent President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget request to Congress.  Congressman Cleaver applauded the President for putting forward a budget that builds the foundation for a strong American future – investing in innovation for the 21st century, advancing a world-class education system, and empowering hard-working families.

Dec 22, 2015

For more than five years, I have written a weekly commentary treatise promoting the need for an elevation in congressional civility and a denunciation of the notion that compromise means capitulations. Four hundred and thirty-four Members of the House of Representatives receive the weekly congressional communiqué. Hundreds, over the years, from both sides of the aisle, have expressed enlightenment in the ruminations.

Feb 2, 2015

Today, U.S. Representatives Emanuel Cleaver, II (MO-05) and Al Green (TX-09) announced that President Obama has included funding for body cameras in his FY2016 budget.

Jan 15, 2015

In a letter to the White House, Congressman Cleaver urged President Obama to include $4.7 billion for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in the President's Fiscal Year 2016 budget.

Jan 12, 2015

Today, Congressman Cleaver sent a letter to President Obama supporting the inclusion of body cameras and community policing in the upcoming President’s Budget Proposal for Fiscal Year 2016.

Apr 15, 2014

Kansas City  – It is Tax Day, and Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II, is reiterating his fight for a tax code that is doesn’t favor the wealthy, but is fair for the middle class.

“The partisan politics and back biting in Washington needs to end,” said U.S. Representative Cleaver, “We must work together to reform our tax code for the middle class. It is past time to close the loop holes, stop the tax breaks for special interests, and start supporting hard-working Americans who are struggling under an unfair system.”

Apr 11, 2014

Kansas City -- Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II today announced a series of extraordinary awards to help individuals and families experiencing homelessness in the entire metropolitan area.

The U.S. Housing and Urban Development has made available $26,026,991 in grants to renew support for 113 local homeless housing and service programs in Missouri.  Provided through HUD’s Continuum of Care Program, the funding will ensure these local projects continue to serve communities most in need, and continue to provide support to the most vulnerable.

Apr 4, 2014
A BUDGET IS A MORAL DOCUMENT


I do not believe slashing Head Start and forcing parents to stay home from work is the right way to go.

I do not believe adding debt to college students while giving tax breaks to big oil companies is the right way to go.