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Statement of Administration Policy: H.R. 2577 - Supplemental Appropriations Act, 1985

June 03, 1985


(Whitten (D), Mississippi)

The supplemental appropriations bill in its present form is unacceptable. The major objectionable features of the bill are:

— Funds to start construction on 37 unrequested new water projects that will cost $4.4 billion. These additions are made without enactment of new user fees or new cost sharing rules, without awaiting congressional authorization or completion of government planning for 25 new starts, and, through the use of the device of a 1985 supplemental appropriation, outside the limitations of the 1986 budget resolution totals.

— Language provisions that unnecessarily constrain the discretion of certain executive agencies to carry out their functions. Chief among these is the provision affecting repayment of Farmers Home Administration loans that could permit virtually any farm borrower not to repay his loan.

— A provision that makes funds appropriated for the "Economic Support Fund" for Israel, Egypt, and the Middle East Regional Program available for obligation only until September 30, 1986. This provision may restrict the President's ability to negotiate economic reform measures with the Government of Israel. These funds should be available "until expended" as requested by the President.

The Administration urges the House not to include funding for the unrequested water projects, to pass a bill that is free of unrequested discretionary spending increases, and to reject the unnecessary restrictive language.

Ronald Reagan, Statement of Administration Policy: H.R. 2577 - Supplemental Appropriations Act, 1985 Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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