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.


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Mar 12, 2019

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II released the following statement regarding President Trump’s Budget Request for FY 2020.

Jan 31, 2019

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II was proud to cosponsor and support the passage of H.R. 790, the Federal Civilian Workforce Pay Raise Fairness Act of 2019, which the House of Representatives approved yesterday by a vote of 259-161. The legislation would provide federal employees with a 2.6 percent cost of living increase in line with the raise given to members of the military and comes following President Trump’s announced pay freeze for federal workers for 2019, which he can legally determine unless Congressional action is taken.

Jan 25, 2019

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II released the following statement regarding President Trump’s announcement today to end the partial government shutdown.

Dec 20, 2018

(Washington, D.C. ) - Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II opposes President Trump’s proposal to change key components of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which provides assistance to families to help put food on the table. The Administration is now proposing to implement, through executive action, additional work requirements for some applicants and restrictions to SNAP.

Dec 12, 2018

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II today voted in favor of the Conference Report to accompany H.R. 2, commonly referred to as the 2018 Farm Bill. Following months of bipartisan negotiations between House and Senate conferees, Congressman Cleaver was proud to help pass a comprehensive Farm Bill that maintains funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), helps producers weather the current trade war, expands rural broadband infrastructure, and provides more certainty to farmers during a volatile farm economy.

Jan 22, 2018

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II intends to vote “no” on the short term spending bill. The country cannot continue to operate on piecemeal spending legislation. The bill on the House floor today would only provide funding for the next three weeks and fails to address the domestic and military spending caps to better support hard working families and to enhance our national security.

Dec 19, 2017

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II voted in opposition to the Conference Report on H.R. 1 – the GOP Tax Bill.

“Today, Republicans in Congress voted to pass their tax bill which was written in secret and rushed through the House and Senate without any public hearings. This tax hike, wrapped in a bow and advertised as a gift for the American people, is a scam and middle class and poor families will pay the price. The bill will raise taxes on 86 million middle-class households and provide 83% of tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans.