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house Bill H.R. 4066

Should Presidential Budget Submissions Not Automatically Increase Agency Budgets to Adjust for Inflation?

Argument in favor

By requiring separate lines for each agency’s budgetary increases, this bill would increase accountability for federal spending to fund each agency.

Thelma's Opinion
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11/01/2019
This should not be automatic. There should be transparency in government, even when this makes more work. Politicians work for the American people.
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11/01/2019
Not unless my wages do the same thing. Impeach! White House lawyer moved transcript of trump call to classified server after Ukraine adviser raised alarms. He has politicized our national security and has chosen Putin and other dictators over our own congress and security agencies. “I stated to Amb. Sondland that his statements were inappropriate, that the request to investigate Biden and his son had nothing to do with national security, and that such investigations were not something the NSC was going to get involved in or push,” Vindman adds. Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, a top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council is testifying that trump demanded that a foreign government investigate an American citizen in exchange for Congresses approved aide. Just reached a $984 billion deficit while he lines his pockets with our tax dollars and foreign money at his resorts. $400 million in aide money was withheld from Ukraine back in August and Ukrainian leaders were told it was not red tape, that they needed to talk to Chief of Staff Mulvaney to resolve it and make a CNN statement about Biden in order to receive said aide. Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, is running a shadow foreign policy in Ukraine that circumvents U.S. officials and career diplomats in order to personally benefit President trump. Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas. Look them up. North Korea just tested a submarine launched missile. Deserted our Kurdish allies who have been fighting ISIS with us and now are being slaughtered. All because he has a tower in Istanbul. “The Americans betrayed us. We do not trust them anymore,” she added. These used to be our Kurdish allies that stood against ISIS. He is refusing to comply with the law. He is using the power of the presidency to withhold aide to one of the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet in exchange for political favors in order to sway the 20/20 election. He is acting like a criminal and threatening the life of the whistleblower. Mr. America first is sending troops to Saudi Arabia in support of a murdering dictator who spends millions at his hotels and resorts. Corey Lewandowski testified to congress that trump ordered him to obstruct justice. He is blocking information that pertains to the safety of our country from reaching congress. He has been threatening NOAA, a federal agency, with punishment if they do not disavow the truth and side with his lies. He invited the Taliban to Camp David the week of 9/11. He is a #PussyAssBitch He’s doctoring weather maps to try and prove he’s not an idiot. He has stayed at trump properties 293 days in 3 years, that’s our tax dollars going directly into his pocket. He took money from military daycares to pay for a wall that won’t work and no one wants. The Vice President and the Attorney General are both spending tax payer dollars on trump hotels, lining his pockets and currying his favor. He has privately instructed aides to skirt laws and regulations to get the wall built faster — and told them he will pardon them if necessary. He is pressuring a government agency to give a contract for his wall to a company whose chief executive is a donor to one of his top GOP allies in Congress. He took hundreds of millions from 127 different projects (FEMA being one of those) for his wall. He thinks nuking a hurricane is an idea. He is host the next G-7 at one of his own resorts. Again our tax dollars paying him directly. He taunted Iran by tweeting a classified image of an Iranian rocket that had exploded, thereby potentially compromising U.S. intelligence capabilities. His own company would save millions from the low interest rates he is demanding. He was going to give you tax cuts through your paychecks but decided not to. This year the richest of us payed less in taxes than the rest of us. He is destroying the economy with HIS trade war. We will soon average a 1.2 trillion deficit. He is repeating NRA talking points on background checks so expect no action taken regardless of the fact there has been 27 arrested over threats to commit mass attacks since El Paso( NOT TOLEDO). He made fun of republicans being afraid of the NRA and then caved after a 30 minute phone conversation with them. He bragged about indefinite child detention because it brings families together. He is refusing flue shots, that protect us all(google influenza pandemic), to immigrant children. He is attacking fellow congresswomen in really disgusting ways and making anti-Semitic remarks about Jews calling them disloyal. He thinks he’s the chosen one based on a conspiracy theory web sight. He has: Obstructed Justice. Is profiting from the Presidency. Colluded - They had a meeting & lied about it. Advocated political & police violence. Abuse of power. Engaging in reckless behavior. Persecuting political opponents. Attacking the free press. Violating immigrants Right to Due Process. Violating campaign finance laws. Racist: Speaks directly to and often tweeting straight from white supremacists. Calls them very fine people. Told fellow congresswomen to go back where they came from. Called them shit hole countries. Called them murderers and rapists. Calls her Pocahontas. Took out full page adds calling for the death of five innocent black kids in New York, 1989. Literally has said in an interview he has Hitlers speeches, My New Order in his nightstand. Our Money: Spent campaign finance money on hush payments to silence a porn star he had an affair with in order to hide it from the voters. Has spent over $100 million of our tax dollars playing golf at his own golf courses. Has never divested from companies and advertises and profits off the White House. Was going to cut Medicaid and Medicare funding to pay for the tax cuts he gave to the rich. Is actively destroying farmers lives with his trade wars that we all know only hurts our pockets not Chinas. Has made the lives of every truck driver across America as well as our own, more dangerous by removing safety regulations that only benefits the pockets of the CEOs of those companies. Has removed any and all protections we had in place from work safety, environment, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights and gives that power back to the CEOs, oil companies, men and old white men. Saudi funded lobbyist rented 500 rooms at a trump hotel he never divested from right after he became president. Wonder why? Sexual Predator: Accused by more than 20 women of molestation and rape. Bragged about said molestation on tape. Has cheated on all three wives (see above). Has made sexual remarks on camera about his daughter. Belittles and bully’s women. Not even sure he’s aware he has two daughters. Idiot: Has allowed North Korea to grow there nuclear weapons program. Took the side of Putin over America’s own security agencies on the national stage. Lacks the intelligence and facts needed to communicate on a global level much less national one. Makes policy decisions based on FOX media. Lies when speaks. Doesn’t believe in science and quite often displays his ignorance of it. Russia: Lied about meetings with Russians. Lied about a trump tower Moscow. Personal attorney Michael Cohen (same guy who broke campaign finance laws under trumps direction) had contacts with russian officials. National Security aide Flynn resigned over Russian contacts. Jeff Sessions recused himself because of Russian contacts. Manafort resigned because of Russian contacts. Campaign foreign policy adviser Papadopoulos met with Russians then bragged about it to Australians who then turned that info over to our FBI. Sixteen campaign officials had contacts with Russia and at least nine others new about it. Russian mobster lived in trump tower. trump casino was flagged 106 times for lax money laundering standards and same Russian frequently stayed at trump casino. Has been selling real estate to Russians for years. It really is surprising how many connections to Russians this man has. Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Bill Posey You are my representatives. OLC policy: The indictment or criminal prosecution of a crime sitting President would unconstitutionally undermine the capacity of the executive branch to perform its constitutionally assigned functions. It’s time to do your job. You swore an oath to this country, it’s people and me to uphold the constitution. The president has never upheld that oath. How do you want to be remembered?
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larubia's Opinion
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11/01/2019
Presidential budget submissions should not automatically increase for inflation, especially when our Federal deficit has increased 26% to $984 billion for fiscal 2019, the highest in 7 years.
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Argument opposed

Not automatically adjusting agencies’ budgets to account for inflation would effectively decrease budgets from year to year. This would hurt agencies’ abilities to carry out their important work.

jimK's Opinion
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11/01/2019
The federal agencies work with funding that is capped by category and cannot be shifted from one ‘pot’ to another. Funds to pay salaries and benefits cannot be moved to funding to support programs; funds to support construction, maintenance and rehabilitation of facilities are likewise capped; as are funds to support agency programs. There is no flexibility. The problem with this proposal is that it is a one-size-fits-all solution which does not consider what the agencies do, how they are staffed nor what programs they support. I believe that there are numerous agencies that are over staffed and wasteful. I know there are other agencies that are staffed with grossly underpaid federal experts who would effectively be pushed out of career dedicated service by this approach. I had worked with a large group of NASA engineering scientists, many of whom were internationally recognized experts in their field, who have authored numerous text books which are used in graduate engineering courses and are only working as federal employees simply because they are dedicated to resolving long term NASA technical challenges. Several left to assume college professorships and doubled their salary; a couple left for industrial positions and nearly tripled their income. There are many governmental agencies and jobs filled by career professional experts such as these, all of whom work off of a common pay scale. Pushing these people out of the service that they love by some arbitrary one-size-fits-all rule which cuts resource allocations to fund them is wrong. Get some balls and tackle wasteful funding where it truly occurs and protect critical positions and programs where it does not. The ‘easy’ way is not the right way to do this.
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Ronald's Opinion
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11/01/2019
Do not single our "Presidential budget" All Federal spending must be authorized annually. No automatic spending on anything. We are in debt. Congress continues to exploit deficit spending. Balance Our Budget.
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Brian's Opinion
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11/01/2019
Federal agencies need to be able to plan for the future and manage their resources. I'm already very concerned at the gutting of some agencies while the military has record funding with no accountability for how they spend it. At least if we could be sure that budgets would adjust for inflation, that's a few less dollars likely to be stolen from these agencies by a president who doesn't value them, no matter the agency or the president.
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      house Committees
      Committee on the Budget
    IntroducedJuly 25th, 2019

What is House Bill H.R. 4066?

This bill — the No Adding, No Padding Act — would require the president’s annual budget submissions to Congress to list the current fiscal year spending level for each proposed program and give a separate amount for any proposed spending increases. For any proposed budget increases, the president would be required to include the amount of the adjustment that’s related to inflation and the amount of the adjustment that’s due to increases in employee salaries or benefits. This would represent a change from current budgeting processes, in which inflation is used to automatically increase agency budgets.

Impact

Federal agencies; federal budgeting process; and the president’s annual budget submissions to Congress.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 4066

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthRep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) reintroduced this bill from the 114th Congress to prevent agencies’ budgets from automatically increasing based on inflation and create more transparency for agency budget increases. 

This legislation has one cosponsor, Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX), in the 116th Congress. In the 114th Congress, it had 17 bipartisan cosponsors, including 10 Republicans and seven Democrats, and didn’t receive a committee vote

This bill was first introduced in 2013 as part of the No Labels Problem Solvers Coalition’s bipartisan nine-bill Make Government Work! legislative package. All nine bills in the package were good-government bills. Cumulatively, they sought to fix everything from bulk purchasing to legislative inertia


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Summary by Lorelei Yang

(Photo Credit: iStockphoto.com / Bill Oxford)

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No Adding, No Padding Act

Official Title

To amend title 31, United States Code, to provide that the President's annual budget submission to Congress list the current fiscal year spending level for each proposed program and a separate amount for any proposed spending increases, and for other purposes.

    This should not be automatic. There should be transparency in government, even when this makes more work. Politicians work for the American people.
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    The federal agencies work with funding that is capped by category and cannot be shifted from one ‘pot’ to another. Funds to pay salaries and benefits cannot be moved to funding to support programs; funds to support construction, maintenance and rehabilitation of facilities are likewise capped; as are funds to support agency programs. There is no flexibility. The problem with this proposal is that it is a one-size-fits-all solution which does not consider what the agencies do, how they are staffed nor what programs they support. I believe that there are numerous agencies that are over staffed and wasteful. I know there are other agencies that are staffed with grossly underpaid federal experts who would effectively be pushed out of career dedicated service by this approach. I had worked with a large group of NASA engineering scientists, many of whom were internationally recognized experts in their field, who have authored numerous text books which are used in graduate engineering courses and are only working as federal employees simply because they are dedicated to resolving long term NASA technical challenges. Several left to assume college professorships and doubled their salary; a couple left for industrial positions and nearly tripled their income. There are many governmental agencies and jobs filled by career professional experts such as these, all of whom work off of a common pay scale. Pushing these people out of the service that they love by some arbitrary one-size-fits-all rule which cuts resource allocations to fund them is wrong. Get some balls and tackle wasteful funding where it truly occurs and protect critical positions and programs where it does not. The ‘easy’ way is not the right way to do this.
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    Not unless my wages do the same thing. Impeach! White House lawyer moved transcript of trump call to classified server after Ukraine adviser raised alarms. He has politicized our national security and has chosen Putin and other dictators over our own congress and security agencies. “I stated to Amb. Sondland that his statements were inappropriate, that the request to investigate Biden and his son had nothing to do with national security, and that such investigations were not something the NSC was going to get involved in or push,” Vindman adds. Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, a top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council is testifying that trump demanded that a foreign government investigate an American citizen in exchange for Congresses approved aide. Just reached a $984 billion deficit while he lines his pockets with our tax dollars and foreign money at his resorts. $400 million in aide money was withheld from Ukraine back in August and Ukrainian leaders were told it was not red tape, that they needed to talk to Chief of Staff Mulvaney to resolve it and make a CNN statement about Biden in order to receive said aide. Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, is running a shadow foreign policy in Ukraine that circumvents U.S. officials and career diplomats in order to personally benefit President trump. Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas. Look them up. North Korea just tested a submarine launched missile. Deserted our Kurdish allies who have been fighting ISIS with us and now are being slaughtered. All because he has a tower in Istanbul. “The Americans betrayed us. We do not trust them anymore,” she added. These used to be our Kurdish allies that stood against ISIS. He is refusing to comply with the law. He is using the power of the presidency to withhold aide to one of the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet in exchange for political favors in order to sway the 20/20 election. He is acting like a criminal and threatening the life of the whistleblower. Mr. America first is sending troops to Saudi Arabia in support of a murdering dictator who spends millions at his hotels and resorts. Corey Lewandowski testified to congress that trump ordered him to obstruct justice. He is blocking information that pertains to the safety of our country from reaching congress. He has been threatening NOAA, a federal agency, with punishment if they do not disavow the truth and side with his lies. He invited the Taliban to Camp David the week of 9/11. He is a #PussyAssBitch He’s doctoring weather maps to try and prove he’s not an idiot. He has stayed at trump properties 293 days in 3 years, that’s our tax dollars going directly into his pocket. He took money from military daycares to pay for a wall that won’t work and no one wants. The Vice President and the Attorney General are both spending tax payer dollars on trump hotels, lining his pockets and currying his favor. He has privately instructed aides to skirt laws and regulations to get the wall built faster — and told them he will pardon them if necessary. He is pressuring a government agency to give a contract for his wall to a company whose chief executive is a donor to one of his top GOP allies in Congress. He took hundreds of millions from 127 different projects (FEMA being one of those) for his wall. He thinks nuking a hurricane is an idea. He is host the next G-7 at one of his own resorts. Again our tax dollars paying him directly. He taunted Iran by tweeting a classified image of an Iranian rocket that had exploded, thereby potentially compromising U.S. intelligence capabilities. His own company would save millions from the low interest rates he is demanding. He was going to give you tax cuts through your paychecks but decided not to. This year the richest of us payed less in taxes than the rest of us. He is destroying the economy with HIS trade war. We will soon average a 1.2 trillion deficit. He is repeating NRA talking points on background checks so expect no action taken regardless of the fact there has been 27 arrested over threats to commit mass attacks since El Paso( NOT TOLEDO). He made fun of republicans being afraid of the NRA and then caved after a 30 minute phone conversation with them. He bragged about indefinite child detention because it brings families together. He is refusing flue shots, that protect us all(google influenza pandemic), to immigrant children. He is attacking fellow congresswomen in really disgusting ways and making anti-Semitic remarks about Jews calling them disloyal. He thinks he’s the chosen one based on a conspiracy theory web sight. He has: Obstructed Justice. Is profiting from the Presidency. Colluded - They had a meeting & lied about it. Advocated political & police violence. Abuse of power. Engaging in reckless behavior. Persecuting political opponents. Attacking the free press. Violating immigrants Right to Due Process. Violating campaign finance laws. Racist: Speaks directly to and often tweeting straight from white supremacists. Calls them very fine people. Told fellow congresswomen to go back where they came from. Called them shit hole countries. Called them murderers and rapists. Calls her Pocahontas. Took out full page adds calling for the death of five innocent black kids in New York, 1989. Literally has said in an interview he has Hitlers speeches, My New Order in his nightstand. Our Money: Spent campaign finance money on hush payments to silence a porn star he had an affair with in order to hide it from the voters. Has spent over $100 million of our tax dollars playing golf at his own golf courses. Has never divested from companies and advertises and profits off the White House. Was going to cut Medicaid and Medicare funding to pay for the tax cuts he gave to the rich. Is actively destroying farmers lives with his trade wars that we all know only hurts our pockets not Chinas. Has made the lives of every truck driver across America as well as our own, more dangerous by removing safety regulations that only benefits the pockets of the CEOs of those companies. Has removed any and all protections we had in place from work safety, environment, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights and gives that power back to the CEOs, oil companies, men and old white men. Saudi funded lobbyist rented 500 rooms at a trump hotel he never divested from right after he became president. Wonder why? Sexual Predator: Accused by more than 20 women of molestation and rape. Bragged about said molestation on tape. Has cheated on all three wives (see above). Has made sexual remarks on camera about his daughter. Belittles and bully’s women. Not even sure he’s aware he has two daughters. Idiot: Has allowed North Korea to grow there nuclear weapons program. Took the side of Putin over America’s own security agencies on the national stage. Lacks the intelligence and facts needed to communicate on a global level much less national one. Makes policy decisions based on FOX media. Lies when speaks. Doesn’t believe in science and quite often displays his ignorance of it. Russia: Lied about meetings with Russians. Lied about a trump tower Moscow. Personal attorney Michael Cohen (same guy who broke campaign finance laws under trumps direction) had contacts with russian officials. National Security aide Flynn resigned over Russian contacts. Jeff Sessions recused himself because of Russian contacts. Manafort resigned because of Russian contacts. Campaign foreign policy adviser Papadopoulos met with Russians then bragged about it to Australians who then turned that info over to our FBI. Sixteen campaign officials had contacts with Russia and at least nine others new about it. Russian mobster lived in trump tower. trump casino was flagged 106 times for lax money laundering standards and same Russian frequently stayed at trump casino. Has been selling real estate to Russians for years. It really is surprising how many connections to Russians this man has. Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Bill Posey You are my representatives. OLC policy: The indictment or criminal prosecution of a crime sitting President would unconstitutionally undermine the capacity of the executive branch to perform its constitutionally assigned functions. It’s time to do your job. You swore an oath to this country, it’s people and me to uphold the constitution. The president has never upheld that oath. How do you want to be remembered?
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    Do not single our "Presidential budget" All Federal spending must be authorized annually. No automatic spending on anything. We are in debt. Congress continues to exploit deficit spending. Balance Our Budget.
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    Presidential budget submissions should not automatically increase for inflation, especially when our Federal deficit has increased 26% to $984 billion for fiscal 2019, the highest in 7 years.
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    Federal agencies need to be able to plan for the future and manage their resources. I'm already very concerned at the gutting of some agencies while the military has record funding with no accountability for how they spend it. At least if we could be sure that budgets would adjust for inflation, that's a few less dollars likely to be stolen from these agencies by a president who doesn't value them, no matter the agency or the president.
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    A thousand times yes! Nothing other than this should have ever been happening in the first place. No automatic increases! Instead, cut those budgets bigly!
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    Rein in government spending
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    Their budgets should decrease or be eliminated entirely.
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    First prepare a budget and remove the 1000 zombie programs that are costing 300 billion dollars a year. NO annual increase, each department needs to submit an annual budget (just like the private sector) and justify their needs. That way there would not be a rush at the end of each year to spend monies not spent.
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    The federal budget is a critical policy tool. To automate any part of it is an abrogation of congressional responsibility. Representatives and senators should do their damned jobs for a change!
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    No, as Shrader lays it out. Do away with duplicate and zombie programs. Each entity receiving money from the government should submit a budget and a reason why an increase might be needed. State and local governments should become responsible and accountable for budgets and spending. Certainly some entities are deserving of salary increases. When businesses are selling or providing services to non-profits they should provide notable discounts which could be factored in for tax deductions. A good place to start with the cuts in spending would be the salaries of those in Congress!!
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    The budgets should automatically reduce by 2% and every head of department, organizations, and line supervisor type positions held accountable for their own budgets. If they can’t find ways to be more efficient and effective, then they need to be replaced. ANY and ALL government entities that overspend by greater than 5% should automatically be under an oversight probation period and if not corrected, department leadership fired. Continuous malfeasance in a department should mean the department be shopped for take over by private sector entities that almost ALWAYS outperform governments performing same functionality. Bloated and inefficient bureaucracy is the norm in government administrations and having zero financial accountability is the main reason.
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    Logical measure Just do it
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    NO automatic increases
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    No. Pretending there is no inflation is absurd. Our budget deficit has skyrocketed with the Republican’s tax bill, which benefited the richest the most. End corporate welfare!
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    The government and it’s spending needs to be constantly scrutinized. To the best of my knowledge the Pentagon has never been audited. Dwight Eisenhower, our 34th President, told us to beware of the military-industrial complex and our politicians have ignored this warning for decades while they take their dark money to the bank.
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    We need to cut spending somewhere and this could help cut the wasteful spending. It could also help lower out deficit.
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    This bill makes sense. This would give Congress and the public a clearer picture of what the President’s proposed increases consist of. By breaking out how much of the increase is meant to cover inflation and how much is for salaries and wages, Congress can then understand what they are being asked to approve in a format like any other Executive branch is required to include in their budget line items. Congress should vote to approve this bill!
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    Padding a budget has been a persistent problem. This is a reasonable bill to deal with that.
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