May 25, 2018

Freedom Partners and Americans for Prosperity Support Congressional Effort to Cut Federal Spending

Post by Freedom Partners

Arlington, VA – Yesterday, Senators Mike Lee (R-UT), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Joni Ernst (R-IA), David Perdue (R-GA), John Kennedy (R-LA), Rand Paul (R-KY), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and Ben Sasse (R-NE) introduced the Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act, a bill that would formally rescind the $15 billion in unneeded spending identified by the White House.

The effort follows calls from the Trump administration for action as Washington’s annual spending rose above $4 trillion for the first time in American history after the passage of the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill this past March.

Freedom Partners Executive Vice President Nathan Nascimento issued the following statement:

“It is encouraging to see members of Congress take a concrete first step to address runaway federal spending. Time and again we hear legislators talk about fiscal responsibility but actions like this prove that these lawmakers in both Chambers are willing to follow through with this small but important step.”

 

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) Chief Government Affairs Officer Brent Gardner issued the following statement:

“Anything Congress can do to start repairing some of the damage done by the trillion-dollar omnibus is a good thing and we applaud these Senators for taking action. This won’t solve Washington’s spending problem by any means, but it’s a small step forward in rebuilding some of the trust that was lost earlier this year. We will be urging every lawmaker to support this rescission package and then work aggressively to protect taxpayers in next year’s spending bill.”

The Senate follows Reps. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Tom Cole (R-OK), Tom Graves (R-GA), Kay Granger (R-TX), Mark Walker (R-NC), Steve Womack (R-AR), Rodney Davis (R-IL), Bruce Poliquin (R-ME), Gary Palmer (R-AL), and David Schweikert (R-AZ) who introduced the Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act, H.R. 3, the House bill to take up the President’s rescission package, earlier this month.

Background:

Yesterday, AFP announced the start of a major campaign that will hold Republicans and Democrats accountable for their records on wasteful spending and thank champions who have protected taxpayers.

AFP’s Stop Overspending, or S.O.S., campaign will kick off during the Memorial Day congressional recess with a significant six-figure radio, print, digital, and direct mail effort targeting House lawmakers on spending – specifically their support for, or opposition to, the $1.3 trillion March omnibus package – while they are home in their districts.

Read more:

Recommendations for ‘Rescission’ Budget Savings
Freedom Partners Statement: Balanced Budget Amendment Show-Vote Not a Replacement for Fiscal Discipline; Rescission Package a Practical First Step

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