CCAGW Urges Opposition to H.R 2021 | Council For Citizens Against Government Waste

CCAGW Urges Opposition to H.R 2021

April 9, 2019

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.R. 2021, the Investing for the People Act, in order to avoid a significant rise in both the spending caps and the national debt.

The Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA) represented the last semblance of fiscal responsibility and accountability in Washington. In February 2018, the BCA was demolished by the passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which busted budget caps by $300 billion over two years, a 14 percent annual spending increase that doubled the amount of the prior two budget deals combined.

While the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 set a poor standard for fiscal irresponsibility, H.R. 2021 is a partisan, budget-busting bill that lowers the bar even further. In lieu of a comprehensive, reform-oriented budget resolution, the Democratic majority proposes an expansion of discretionary spending caps over the next two fiscal years by $361 billion, a 15 percent increase above projected spending levels. With the national debt at more than $22 trillion and trillion-dollar deficits around the corner, the focus on Capitol Hill should not be finding new ways to spend more money, but how to curb Washington’s spending addiction. Instead, this legislation gives appropriators a bigger budget to waste the taxpayers’ money, without implementing any spending offsets.

H.R. 2021 is dead on arrival for taxpayers, the Senate, and the White House. Abdicating Congress’s most basic responsibility and busting the caps again sends the message that those who support H.R. 2021 no longer care about fiscal responsibility or the voters who put them in office to control reckless spending. Again, I urge you to vote against this legislation.

All votes on H.R. 2021 will be among those considered for CCAGW’s 2019 Congressional Ratings.

Sincerely,

Tom Schatz
President, CCAGW

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