Freedom Caucus Chairman Perry says there is 'still some room' to shrink government spending

"I think there is still some room, and so we're going to pursue that to as far as we can take it," Perry said.

Published: September 13, 2023 6:30pm

Updated: September 13, 2023 6:31pm

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) says that there is still room to cut government spending in upcoming months. 

"I think there is still some room, and so we're going to pursue that as far as we can take it," Perry said on the "John Solomon Reports" podcast.

If Congress doesn't pass spending legislation by Sept. 30, the U.S. government will shut down.

He cautioned that there was only "a very narrow path" to reducing spending.

"I think there is a path and I think we ought to try and achieve something along those lines and start us down the road," Perry said. "Just keep in mind that Washington D.C. in my lifetime has never cut any real spending. So even the first dollar would be a significant win."

Wisconsin GOP Sen. Ron Johnson suggested on a previous episode of the "Just the News, No Noise" TV show that the Prevent Government Shutdowns Act should have been passed in order to prevent a potential shutdown during spending negotiations.

The bill was introduced in 2021 and was sponsored by Oklahoma GOP Sen. James Lankford. 

"It would give us leverage to actually try and reduce some federal government spending," Johnson said. "But members of the uniparty don't want the Prevent Government Shutdown Act because that would constrain their out-of-control spending."

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