Nov 21, 2016
Congress is Right About Protecting Taxpayers in Lame Duck, Addressing Key Issues In 2017
Post by Derek Yale
Freedom Partners, Americans for Prosperity, and Coalition Allies Identify Main Priorities for Working With New Congress and Administration
With the regular budget and appropriations process falling apart this year, Congress again needed a lame-duck session to keep the government funded for the coming year. The problem? These end-of-year spending bills negotiated by unaccountable lawmakers traditionally produce increased spending, backroom deals for pet projects, and corporate welfare for special interests and the well-connected. This year would likely be no exception.
Then, everything changed.
But while Congress is right to reject negotiating with lame-duck lawmakers and an outgoing president, DC lobbyists are surely working overtime to load up what should largely be a “clean” spending bill with pet projects, and ultimately higher spending and debt.
Congress must now say ‘no’ to special interest arm twisting and leave important decisions to the new Congress and administration convening in January, when fiscal conservatives should continue to resist efforts to increase spending and award corporate welfare.
Here’s what the next Congress and administration can start focusing on at the start of 2017.
- Repealing Obamacare & Reforming Health Care – It’s time to repeal Obamacare and reform health care policy with improvements that not only put patients back in charge of their health care, but lower costs, increase access, and improve quality.
- Tax Reform – Our tax code is too convoluted and complicated. Americans deserve a fairer tax code that benefits taxpayers and consumers through lower taxes and the elimination of preferences that pick winners and losers and distort the market. It’s time to create greater opportunity for all Americans across the country.
- Overturning Anti-Energy Regulations – Policies like the Clean Power Plan and Waters of the U.S. do next to nothing for the environment while unfairly skyrocketing prices on everyday citizens and stifling innovation. Eliminating burdensome environmental regulations and unleashing the energy market potential here in the U.S. would help provide low-cost energy to all Americans.
On a recent conference call with reporters, officials from Freedom Partners and Americans for Prosperity expressed their optimism that Congress and the president will take positive steps to end business as usual, protect taxpayers, and address barriers to growth and opportunity.
Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce EVP of Communications and Marketing James Davis:
Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips:
Americans for Prosperity Chief Government Affairs Officer Brent Gardner:
Americans for Prosperity Wisconsin State Director Eric Bott: