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House and Senate Key Vote: Oppose the Omnibus Appropriations Bill, H.R. 3547

Jan 15, 2014 by AFP

Dear Senators and Representatives:

On behalf of more than two million Americans for Prosperity activists in all 50 states, I write to urge you to vote NO on H.R. 3547, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, which appropriates funds for the federal government for fiscal year 2014.

I urge you to vote NO on the omnibus bill, H.R. 3547, which appropriates funds for fiscal year 2014. Americans for Prosperity will include this vote in our congressional scorecard.

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.

I urge you to vote NO on the omnibus bill, H.R. 3547, which appropriates funds for fiscal year 2014. Americans for Prosperity will include this vote in our congressional scorecard.

Visit our scorecard online: www.AFPscorecard.org

Sincerely,

Christine Harbin Hanson
Federal Affairs Manager
Americans for Prosperity