Freeze Government Spending Act of 2012 | Council For Citizens Against Government Waste

Freeze Government Spending Act of 2012

Letters to Officials

February 23, 2012

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

Dear Representative,

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.) recently introduced H.R.4060, the Freeze Government Spending Act of 2012, which would freeze discretionary spending at fiscal year (FY) 2013 levels until 2021. On behalf of the more than one million members and supporters of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), I urge you to support this legislation.

Spending in recent years has grown to an indefensible level. The Congressional Budget Office projects that federal outlays, which have historically been 20.3 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), will balloon to 26.4 percent of GDP by 2021. Although the Budget Control Act (BCA) of 2011 was a step in the right direction, the legislation did not go nearly far enough in reining in Washington’s out of control spending. H.R. 4060 would cap discretionary spending at $949 billion and maintain this level until the end of FY 2021. The legislation would save $856 billion more than the agreement reached in the BCA, and would save $1.66 trillion in comparison to President Obama’s proposed budget. Additionally, this bill would achieve enough savings to prevent the sequestration provisions in the BCA from taking effect. Rep. Fleischmann’s bill is a step in the right direction toward reducing the deficit.

At a time when the national debt has ballooned to more than $15.3 trillion, it is essential that lawmakers reduce federal spending and begin putting the country back on a sustainable fiscal trajectory. I strongly urge you to support Rep. Fleischmann’s legislation. All votes on H.R. 4060 will be among those considered in CCAGW’s 2012 Congressional Ratings.


Tom Schatz
President, CCAGW

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