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Grassroots group issues call for FY 2019 freeze in discretionary spending
Arlington, VA – Americans for Prosperity today announced a digital, direct mail and radio ad campaign holding senators accountable for opposing President Trump’s rescissions proposal, which would have saved taxpayers about $15 billion in unspent funds from previous years. The ad campaign will target Republican Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Richard Burr (R-NC), and Democrat Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Jon Tester (D-MT) over the 4th of July holiday recess and will highlight their votes against the modest measure to rein in spending.
Continuing AFP’s long-term Stop Overspending campaign, the organization also called on Congress to freeze discretionary spending for fiscal year 2019. In a letter sent Thursday to chairs and members of the House and Senate Appropriations committees, AFP urged lawmakers to freeze and then fix federal spending by first holding discretionary spending at FY 2018 levels and then pursuing comprehensive reforms to mandatory spending.
AFP also outlined principles to safeguard the financial future of all Americans through responsible federal spending. (View the principles document here.)
AFP Spokesman Bill Riggs issued the following statement:
“The failure to cut less than a half a cent from every federal dollar spent is indicative of a rampant overspending problem that unfortunately often has bipartisan support. These senators couldn’t even bring themselves to cut a sliver of unspent or expired funds, how can anyone expect them to take on our larger fiscal challenges? Washington will spend $4 trillion this year alone; they shouldn’t ask taxpayers for a dollar more.”
For further information or to set up an interview, please send an email to GBraud@afphq.org.
Americans for Prosperity (AFP) exists to recruit, educate, and mobilize citizens in support of the policies and goals of a free society at the local, state, and federal level, helping every American live their dream – especially the least fortunate. AFP has more than 3.2 million activists across the nation, a local infrastructure that includes 36 state chapters, and has received financial support from more than 100,000 Americans in all 50 states. For more information, visit www.AmericansForProsperity.org