Club for Growth opposes the Puerto Rico Supplemental Appropriations, H.R. 5687, and urges all Representatives to vote no. The legislation is expected to be considered soon in the House of Representatives. The result of the vote will be included in the Club for Growth Foundation’s 2020 Congressional Scorecard.
This legislation provides for $4.7 billion in disaster funding to Puerto Rico, and takes advantage of the Puerto Rico earthquake by providing $16 billion in tax breaks. According to CBO and JCT, the bill would increase the deficit by over $20 billion through FY2030.
CBO has warned federal lawmakers that their spending addiction is causing trillion-dollar deficits with no end in sight. Any disaster funding should come from the Disaster Relief Fund. Disaster relief should address real-time emergencies, and not provide funding and special tax breaks that impact federal spending beyond the current fiscal year. This bill is one of the worst reactive measures Congress has written in recent memory and should be opposed by all Members of Congress.