Key Vote Alert – "NO" on "Megabus" Budget Bill

Mr. Andrew Roth - December 16th, 2011



The Club for Growth strongly opposes the final Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012 (HR 3671), otherwise known as the Megabus, and urges all members of Congress to oppose it. We expect a vote on this proposal later today. This vote will be included in the Club for Growth’s 2011 Congressional Scorecard.

This is budgeting at its worst. This 1,219-page was made public less than 24 hours ago, and now House and Senate leaders expect members to vote on it before midnight tonight. This doesn’t allow for a proper examination and review of over $1 trillion in spending.

That said, from what we have read, this proposal still spends over $30 billion more than the Ryan Budget from earlier this year. It also continues to provide generous resources for the irresponsible National Labor Relations Board and the over-reaching Environmental Protection Agency. It also provides countless billions for grant projects and loan guarantees that will pick winners and losers in the private sector. Overall, this bill spends too much, continues bad policies, and forces lawmakers to commit over a $1 trillion in taxpayers’ money without giving them enough time to fully examine its contents.

Our Congressional Scorecard for the 112th Congress provides a comprehensive rating of how well or how poorly each member of Congress supports pro-growth, free-market policies and will be distributed to our members and to the public.

UPDATE: The House passed this bill, 296-121.