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June 11, 2019
On behalf of Americans for Prosperity activists around the country, I urge you to oppose H.R. 2740, the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Legislative Branch, Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2020. This vote may be recorded in our 2019 session legislative scorecard.
At a cost of $989 billion—$109 billion or 11 percent more than FY 2019—this “minibus” spending package represents legislative indifference about government overspending and our nation’s long-term fiscal health. Considering that last year federal spending topped $4 trillion for the first time, and the national debt is now over $22 trillion, the time for action on reckless spending is now.
We strongly urge both parties to work together to curtail runaway spending with sensible limits that allow for reasonable growth in discretionary spending. Specifically, we are calling on Congress to limit discretionary spending increases to a combination of inflation and population growth, and to end the practice of budget-by-crisis through an automatic continuing resolution for any appropriations measure not signed into law by the end of the fiscal year.
Until then, we will seek to hold accountable those lawmakers who support irresponsible spending levels that threaten the well-being and prosperity of Americans today and in the future. As always, we stand ready to work with any and all lawmakers who are willing to step up and secure our future by finally addressing Washington’s reckless spending.
Proposing massive, must-pass spending packages that cost American taxpayers trillions in increased and wasteful spending is as irresponsible as it is disingenuous. It is for these reasons that we respectfully ask you to vote “No” and reject H.R. 2740.
Brent Wm. Gardner
Chief Government Affairs Officer
Americans for Prosperity