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LEGISLATIVE SAVINGS

HEARINGS

BEFORE THE

TASK FORCE ON LEGISLATIVE SAVINGS

OF THE

COMMITTEE ON THE BUDGET

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

NINETY-SIXTH CONGRESS

FIRST SESSION

JULY 24 AND 26, 1979

Printed for the use of the Committee on the Budget

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NICHOLAS A. MASTERS, Director, Majority Associate Staff SHIRLEY RUHE, Associate Director for Budget Process and Operations RICHARD KOGAN, Budget Analyst

MARTHA FOLEY, Administrator

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Edwards, Hon. Don, a Representative in Congress from the State of
California, accompanied by Cheryl Friedling, assistant.

Glickman, Hon. Dan, a Representative in Congress from the State of
Kansas

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Jeffords, Hon. James M., a Representative in Congress from the State of
Vermont

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LEGISLATIVE SAVINGS

TUESDAY, JULY 24, 1979

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,

TASK FORCE ON LEGISLATIVE SAVINGS,
COMMITTEE ON THE BUDGET,
Washington, D.C.

The task force met, pursuant to notice, at 9:40 a.m., in room 2203, Rayburn House Office Building, Hon. Leon E. Panetta, chairman of the task force, presiding.

Mr. PANETTA. The hearing of the Task Force on Legislative Savings is now in order. I would like to begin with an opening statement.

I might first of all thank all of you ladies and gentlemen, members of the Legislative Savings Task Force, for the opportunity to proceed with these hearings. This morning it is the first of three hearings we have scheduled this week to inquire into new ideas for legislative savings and new ways to incorporate legislative savings into the budget and the legislative processes in the House.

As you may know, this is the first year that the House Budget Committee has had a task force specifically focusing on legislative savings. In fact, it is not really a coincidence that the task force came into being this year for the first time because this year has been somewhat unique for budgeteers and because it is one which concerns the issues of a seriously deteriorating economy combined with calls for a balanced budget.

Both of these have brought to bear what is obviously a very tight budget process. In such a climate legislative savings, the elimination of mandatory spending items that are not really needed, has become very important indeed.

The First Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year 1980 contains legislative savings amounting to more than $4.2 billion in outlays and more than $2.6 billion in budget authority. Spun over a 5-year, period these savings amount to tens of billions of dollars in savings. In order to encourage committees to act on these savings, the task force has been active in a number of areas.

First, the task force's work with the administration and the Office of Management and Budget, to see that legislative saving initiatives proposed by the President are submitted to the Congress in a timely fashion, and this has been done.

Second, we have circulated on a regular basis the budget bulletin, a distinctive green fact sheet with up-to-date status reports on legislative savings. Comments from Members and staff indicate that this bulletin has been successful in making people aware of the role of legislative savings in the budget process.

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