AFP ON SPENDING BILL: CONGRESS MUST LIVE UP TO ITS AGREEMENTS ON SPENDING CONTROL

January 15, 2014

Arlington, VA – This morning Americans for Prosperity, the nation’s foremost advocate for economic freedom, issued a key vote alert opposing the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill being considered in Congress.

AFP Federal Affairs Manager Christine Harbon Hanson stated:

“Congress has shown an unwillingness to live up to its agreements on spending control. Following the framework of Ryan-Murray budget deal, this omnibus appropriations legislation establishes an overall spending level of $1 trillion in FY2014, far exceeding the discretionary spending caps established in the Budget Control Act of 2011. Congress is trading higher spending levels now for promises to cut spending in the future, when these spending cuts will probably never be realized.

“AFP also has concerns about the process. The federal budget process has completely broken down over the past few years, and Congress should return to regular order. It’s alarming that we are already into the second quarter of FY2014, and Congressional appropriators are just now determining the 302(b) levels. The appropriations process is supposed to happen over the course of several months, not over the course of 72 hours. Congress should consider the 12 appropriations bills separately, not roll them into one. This is hugely concerning because it means that Congressional appropriators are not combing through the line items in the budget and prioritizing spending, leading to ever-higher spending levels.”

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