CCAGW Urges Opposition to H.R. 2 | Council For Citizens Against Government Waste

CCAGW Urges Opposition to H.R. 2

Letters to Officials

July 1, 2020
 
House of Representatives 
Washington, D.C. 20515
 
Dear Representatives, 

You will soon consider H.R. 2, the Moving Forward 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.

As millions of American families struggle with the unprecedented healthcare and financial disaster stemming from COVID-19, this 2,300-page legislation imposes a $1.5 trillion burden on taxpayers to pay for dozens of projects and programs beyond the ordinary and necessary repair and modernization of the nation’s infrastructure, including numerous components of the Green New Deal. 

H.R. 2 would make expensive and significant changes to the nation’s transportation system, including the bailout of long-troubled programs like Amtrak.  Since its creation in 1971, Amtrak has cost taxpayers $41 billion and never made a profit.  Rather than stabilizing and reforming the railroad, this legislation gives Amtrak a blank check by tripling funding to an unprecedented $29 billion over five years. 

H.R. 2 would spend an extraordinary amount of “infrastructure” funds on unrelated housing, broadband, and energy initiatives.  For example, Section 25002 sets aside $500 million for the development of carbon-neutral/zero-emission “Climate-Smart Ports,” part of the New Green Deal.  The legislation also provides $80 billion for government-owned broadband networks to be built where adequate private sector service already exists. 

Amid a global pandemic, H.R. 2 is a zealous rewriting of our transportation system that promotes ideological interests rather than the best interests of the American people.  The bill goes down the wrong financial track, and taxpayers should not be forced to pay for this unaffordable initiative.  
 
Again, I urge you to oppose this bill.  All votes on H.R. 2 will be among those considered for CCAGW’s 2020 Congressional Ratings. 
 
Sincerely,

Tom Schatz
President, CCAGW

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