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Arlington, VA – Americans for Prosperity today announced it will score the Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act (H.R. 3), otherwise known as the rescissions package, on its congressional scorecard. In a letter sent to lawmakers Wednesday, AFP urged members to vote “Yes”, calling the rescissions plan a step in the right direction toward restoring fiscal sanity.
In the key vote letter sent to House lawmakers ahead of an expected vote Thursday, AFP Chief Government Affairs Officer Brent Gardner wrote:
Passage of this rescission package would be a down payment toward more comprehensive and long-overdue spending reform. It will also set the right tone for the FY 19 appropriations process, which is already underway. While the problem of overspending will not be solved by this package alone, it will put Congress on track to begin enacting greater spending reform. It is crucial that Representatives pass this crucial first step and then turn to those broader reforms.
AFP has been an outspoken proponent of President Trump’s rescission plan. Monday, AFP announced the second phase of the organization’s long-term Stop Overspending campaign, which featured digital ads urging Republicans and Democrats to support and co-sponsor the White House’s rescission plan.
AFP issued its own recommendations for rescissions in early May, urging lawmakers to continue the work set in motion by President Trump to further rein in irresponsible spending.
The launch of AFP’s “Stop Over Spending” campaign over Memorial Day recess included robust digital, direct-mail, print, and radio advertising in congressional districts across the country. President Trump’s $15.3 billion rescission plan presents an opportunity for lawmakers to demonstrate fiscal responsibility by supporting this modest attempt to undo some of the overspending damage.
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