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House Key Vote: Oppose the Frelinghuysen Amendment to the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act

Jan 14, 2013 by AFP

Dear Representatives:

On behalf of more than two million Americans for Prosperity activists in all 50 states, I urge you to oppose the Frelinghuysen amendment to the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 (H.R.152). Like the Sandy relief bill that passed the Senate earlier this month (H.R.1), this amendment has serious flaws.

Unless the amendment is fully offset with other spending reductions, I urge you to vote NO on the Frelinghuysen amendment to the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act (H.R.152). Americans for Prosperity will include this vote in our congressional scorecard.

This amendment provides $33 billion in funding for long-term projects, including repairs to federal buildings, coastlines and subway tunnels to protect against future disasters. Most of the funding in this amendment is not directly related to providing immediate relief for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. While these projects may be worthwhile, they are not an emergency and thus should go through the normal appropriations process, not rushed through as part of an emergency supplemental bill.

What’s worse, because of its “emergency” designation, spending in this bill will not count toward the FY2013 discretionary spending cap set forth in the Budget Control Act. This spending is also not offset with other spending reductions. It’s simply wrong for our elected representatives to talk tough on spending, cut a deal to issue more debt, and then slip unrelated spending into an emergency vehicle to avoid the statutory caps. In order to respect the spending limits put forth in the BCA, this amendment should include offsetting spending reductions.

Unless the amendment is fully offset with other spending reductions, I urge you to vote NO on the Frelinghuysen amendment to the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act (H.R.152). Americans for Prosperity will include this vote in our congressional scorecard.

Sincerely,

James Valvo
Director of Policy
Americans for Prosperity