House Appropriations Chairman Jim Pitts recognized for work on HB 1
AUSTIN - The Texas House of Representatives recently took the next step in writing the state's budget for 2012-2013 by passing House Bill 1 and sending it to the Senate for consideration. Acknowledging the complex process undertaken to pass this bill, several prominent Texas public figures have expressed their appreciation to the bill's author, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Pitts (R-Waxahachie), who worked diligently to craft a budget that maintains the fiscal responsibility of the state.
Speaker of the House, Joe Straus, released a statement praising "every Member for their hard work in passing House Bill 1. This is a significant step in the process, and the Texas House looks forward to working with the senate on the final legislation," the Speaker said. "I'm proud of the work done by Chairman Pitts and all the members of the Appropriations Committee who have worked really hard for not just the first 80 days of this session, but for over a year."
Texas Governor, Rick Perry, also congratulated the Texas House on passage of HB 1 saying, "House members set priorities for state spending and found savings, and thanks to their leadership, this budget paves the way to help Texas recover from the impacts of the national economic recession".
The Republican Party of Texas added, "We especially want to recognize and thank Appropriations Chairman Jim Pitts and his floor leaders for their dedication to seeing this important legislation passed through the House". Republican Party of Texas Chairman Steve Munisteri commented that "HB 1 is still a work in progress, yet the work so far demonstrates how our House Republicans are committed to taking our