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April 9, 2019
On behalf of more than 3.2 million activists in all 50 states, I write urging you to vote “NO” on the Investing for the People Act of 2019 (H.R. 2021), which would double-down on unaffordable, irresponsible federal spending. Americans for Prosperity will include your vote in our congressional scorecard.
Last year federal spending topped $4 trillion for the first time, while the national debt surpassed $22 trillion. However, the picture in the future is even grimmer, with spending reaching over $7 trillion in a decade and permanent, trillion-dollar deficits just around the corner.
At a time like this, we need solutions. Instead, this bill would blow through the spending caps in the Budget and Control Act, which were intended to begin to address the nation’s spending and debt crisis. Congress has repeatedly raised those caps, increasing spending and leaving it to future Congresses to tackle this growing problem. This bill doubles down on that irresponsibility, increasing defense and non-defense spending by a total of $358 billion over the next two years alone.
Unlike recent spending deals, this new spending would be baked into the baseline because the BCA caps end in 2021. As a result, H.R. 2021 would add a whopping $2 trillion in new spending over the next decade.
Just as troubling, this bill does not fulfill one of Congress’s most basic duties: to pass a budget that shows American taxpayers just how it intends to address the looming fiscal calamity. Instead, H.R. 2021 would simply forge ahead and permanently break the caps and open Washington’s spending spigot wide open, while ignoring the stark realities that stare America’s taxpayers and younger generations in the face.
I urge you to vote “NO” on the Investing for the People Act of 2019 (H.R. 2021), which would double-down on unaffordable, irresponsible federal spending. Americans for Prosperity will include your vote in our congressional scorecard.
Visit our scorecard online at: AFPscorecard.org.
Chief Government Affairs Officer
Americans for Prosperity