Spending Cut Alert: H.R. 3354 (FY2018 Appropriations) | Council For Citizens Against Government Waste

Spending Cut Alert: H.R. 3354 (FY2018 Appropriations)

Letters to Officials

September 6, 2017

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

Dear Representative,

You will soon consider H.R. 3354, the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, for fiscal year (FY) 2018.  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 the following amendments to H.R. 3354:

Rep. Francis Rooney’s (R-Fla.) amendment to prohibit the use of funds to implement or enforce President Obama’s Executive Order which encourages the use of project labor agreements in federal contracts. 

Rep. Matt Gaetz’s (R-Fla.) amendment to prohibit the use of funds to implement, enforce, or administer any project labor agreement. 

Rep. Steve King’s (R-Iowa) amendment to prohibit the use of funds to implement, administer, or enforce the Davis-Bacon Act. 

Rep. Paul Mitchell’s (R-Mich.) amendment to reduce the administrative accounts for the Department of Transportation and Department of Housing and Urban Development by ten percent, saving a total of $157 million.

Rep. Tom McClintock’s (R-Calif.) amendment to eliminate the $150 million in discretionary appropriations for the Essential Air Service. 

Rep. Ted Budd’s (R-N.C.) amendment to eliminate the $874 million earmark for the Gateway Project upgrade of an Amtrak rail line between Newark and New York City, by increasing funding for national New Starts Projects by $400 million and by applying savings of $474 million from the elimination of the TIGER Grant program to deficit reduction.

Rep. Mo Brooks' (R-Ala.) amendment to eliminate Amtrak’s National Network Grants, saving $1.1 billion. 

Furthermore, I urge you to oppose the following amendment:

Rep. David Young’s (R-Iowa) amendment to strike language that would prevent the U.S. Department of Agriculture from using Commodity Credit Corporation funds to purchase, produce, or defray the costs of alternative fuels under its memorandum of understanding with the Department of Defense.

All votes on H.R. 3354 will be among those considered in CCAGW’s 2017 Congressional Ratings.

Sincerely,

Thomas A. Schatz
President, CCAGW

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