CCAGW Opposes H.Con.Res. 11 | Council For Citizens Against Government Waste

CCAGW Opposes H.Con.Res. 11

Letters to Officials

February 2, 2021

U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Representative,

On behalf of the more than one million members and supporters of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), I urge you to oppose H. Con. Res. 11, establishing the congressional budget for fiscal year (FY) 2021, and setting forth budgetary levels for FYs 2022 through 2030. 

H. Con. Res. 11 is not a traditional budget resolution.  Indeed, the budget and appropriations process for FY 2021 has been concluded in a bipartisan manner.  The resolution’s sole purpose is to trigger the reconciliation process on a partisan basis to rush through President Biden’s wasteful and misguided $1.9 trillion spending plan, making it the first such response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Passage of this unnecessarily exorbitant legislation would increase the total spent on pandemic “relief” to more than $5.7 trillion, even though more than $1 trillion of the prior appropriated funds remains unspent.  Vaccination numbers are rising rapidly, and the Biden administration has promised a significant increase in availability in the next 100 days.  COVID-19 cases and deaths decreased for the second week in a row as of January 28, by 17 percent and 10 percent, respectively.  More vaccines and lower cases and deaths will be a natural and far less expensive stimulus to the economy.  While more than $350 billion for state and local governments is included in the $1.9 trillion plan, the Treasury Department’s most recent interim report on Coronavirus Relief Fund spending showed that only three states have spent more than 50 percent, 23 states have used less than 10 percent, and 11 of those have used less than 5 percent.  In addition, H. Con. Res. 11 would suspend the debt limit beyond its projected ceiling breach later this year, opening the floodgates for even more wasteful spending. 

Starting the 117th Congress with the passage of H. Con. Res. 11 is not a path to unity; it is a road to fiscal ruin for taxpayers. 

Again, I urge you to be fiscally responsible and oppose H. Con. Res. 11.  All votes on this resolution will be among those considered for CCAGW’s 2021 Congressional Ratings.

Thank you for your consideration.  If you have any questions, please contact CCAGW Federal Government Affairs Associate Cody Leach at cleach@cagw.org.

 

Sincerely,

 

Tom Schatz

President, CCAGW

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