CCAGW Urges Representatives to Oppose H.R. 1865 and H.R. 1158 | Council For Citizens Against Government Waste

CCAGW Urges Representatives to Oppose H.R. 1865 and H.R. 1158

Letters to Officials

December 17, 2019

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

Dear Representative,

You will soon vote on House amendments to the Senate amendments for two omnibus appropriations bills, H.R. 1865 and H.R. 1158, for fiscal year (FY) 2020. 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 both pieces of legislation.

The national debt is currently more than $23 billion and trillion-dollar deficits are on the horizon. The Congressional Budget Office projects that deficits will rise by $12.2 trillion over the next 10 years and debt held by the public will increase from 79 percent of GDP in 2019 to 95 percent by 2029, higher than any point since World War II. This is the result in large part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019, which raised spending caps by $322 billion over the next two years and removed any teeth the 2011 Budget Control Act had left.

Instead of cutting spending and reforming the budget process, H.R. 1865 and H.R. 1158 will cost $1.37 trillion and includes $24.7 billion in additional spending and irresponsible policy riders like a seven-year reauthorization for the Export-Import Bank. Equally concerning is the process by which the spending packages have proceeded. Lawmakers will have less than 24 hours to review the two bills which contain 2,313 pages and do not have a CBO score. This kind of recklessness with taxpayer dollars is unacceptable.

H.R. 1865 also contains concerning provisions that will allow distant signal licenses to expire after six months in certain markets for certain customers, based solely on the company providing them services. Given the current offerings of only two satellite providers in some markets, consumers in these markets will either have to go without certain broadcast network television, or seek programing from DISH, the only provider that H.R. 1865 would currently permit to serve satellite customers using distant signals, creating a virtual monopoly.

Congress should be trying dig the country out of its crushing debt, not exacerbating the problem and pushing the nation closer to a fiscal cliff. Again, I urge you to oppose H.R. 1865 and H.R. 1158 and urge you to undertake more fiscally responsible legislation in 2020. All votes on the two bills will be among those considered for CCAGW’s 2019 Congressional Ratings.

Sincerely,

Tom Schatz
President, CCAGW

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