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CCAGW Sends Letter to House Opposing the HEROES Act

Letters to Officials

October 1, 2020

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

Dear Representative,

You will soon consider the House Amendment to the Senate Amendment to H.R. 925, now known as the HEROES Act. 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 this legislation.

The HEROES Act will cost approximately $2.2 trillion rather than the original $3.5 trillion. While this revised bill has eliminated some wasteful spending from the prior iteration of the HEROES Act, there is still a large wishlist of spending unrelated to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

One of the most objectionable provisions of this bill is the bailout of states.  Cutting the original and outrageous $915 billion to $436 billion is still far too much money.  According to an August 24, 2020 Department of the Treasury report, of the $150 billion provided to the states under the CARES Act, 37 states have spent less than 25 percent of their allocated funding, and 23 of those states have spent less than 10 percent.  Taxpayers across the country, and particularly those who live in states that have been fiscally responsible, should not have to bailout profligate states that have massive debt and pension obligations.  Those states should cut wasteful spending to resolve their financial problems. 

The HEROES Act is not focused on what truly needs to be done to help the country continue to recover from the pandemic, like H.R. 8265, with its sole purpose of extending the successful Paycheck Protection Program.  Again, I urge you to oppose the HEROES Act.  All votes on H.R. 925 may be among those considered for CCAGW's 2020 Congressional Ratings.


Tom Schatz 
President, CCAGW

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