U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, with Maya MacGuineas, president of the bipartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, with Maya MacGuineas, president of the bipartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

Kilmer recognized by committee as Fiscal Hero

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer has been recognized as Fiscal Hero of the 118th Congress by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

The committee recognizes policymakers in each Congress who work to improve the nation’s fiscal situation and fix the budget process.

“I’m deeply honored to receive the Fiscal Hero Award from the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget,” Kilmer said. “As Congress works to get a handle on America’s long-term fiscal challenges, it’s important that policymakers continue to prioritize efficiency, transparency, and strive for a government that not only meets today’s needs but secures the economic well-being of future generations. Every dollar saved through commonsense reform is a dollar that can be invested back into the priorities that matter most to the American people.”

As chair of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress, Kilmer led a bipartisan group of lawmakers in recommending nearly a dozen changes to the budget and appropriations process with the goal of making it more transparent and timely.

“We applaud the Fiscal Heroes for their hard work and encourage more members of Congress to follow in their footsteps,” said Maya MacGuineas, the committee’s president.

Fiscal Heroes distinguish themselves by pushing their party leaders to make debt a priority, leading bipartisan efforts to work through policy options to fix the debt and the budget process, taking responsible votes, participating in fiscally focused events, using their town hall meetings to engage and educate constituents, delivering floor speeches to raise awareness about the issue, advocating to keep tough choices on the table and introducing legislation to improve the budget process and the nation’s fiscal position, according to a press release from the committee.

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget is a nonpartisan, non-profit organization committed to educating the public on issues with significant fiscal policy impact.

For more information, visit www.crfb.org.

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