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Vote 'YES' on Amendments to H.R. 4923

Letters to Officials

July 9, 2014            
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C.  20515


Dear Representative,

You are currently considering H.R. 4923, the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015.  On behalf of the more than one million members and supporters of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, I urge you to support the following amendments.

  • Rep. Steve Chabot’s (R-Ohio) amendment, which would eliminate the Denali Commission, a duplicative regional agency that distributes federal funds to state and local entities in Alaska.  Congress created the Denali Commission in 1998 to build infrastructure in rural Alaska.  President Obama targeted the commission’s federal funding for elimination in his fiscal year 2012 budget.  The administration argued that Denali projects are not funded through a competitive or merit-based system.  The White House also pointed out that at least 29 other federal programs could fulfill the commission’s mandate.
  • Rep. Steve King’s (R-Iowa) amendment, which would prohibit funds from being used to implement, administer, or enforce the Davis-Bacon Act prevailing wage requirements for projects funded in this legislation.  According to Prime Cuts 2013, repealing the Davis-Bacon Act would save $512 million in the first year and $6.3 billion over five years.

It is time to show taxpayers that lawmakers are serious about taking all necessary steps to reduce the ever-growing national debt.  I urge you to support these amendments.  All votes on H.R. 4923 will be among those considered in CCAGW’s 2014 Congressional Ratings.

Tom Schatz
President, CCAGW

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