The Club for Growth opposes the Supplemental Appropriations Act, H.R. 268 and urges all Senators to vote NO on it. A vote is expected soon in the Senate. The results of this vote will be included in the Club for Growth Foundation’s 2019 congressional scorecard.

The Supplemental Appropriations Act increases federal spending by more than $13 billion and the cost is not offset with spending cuts. A “Yes” vote means higher deficits and more debt. According to CBO, only about $4.7 billion of this money would be spent in FY2019. When Congress considers supplemental appropriations, federal dollars should be spent in a true emergency fashion, meaning in the near term. Any federal spending that is not actually a fiscal emergency, should be considered during the regular appropriations process. Doing things this way would decrease the total cost of the supplemental appropriations and make it easier for Congress to find appropriate spending cuts to offset the cost of the legislation.

Increased federal spending is unacceptable at a time when Congress is incurring irresponsible annual deficits. Senators need to exercise fiscal restraint with taxpayer dollars and reject this form of legislating.

Club for Growth Foundation’s Congressional Scorecard for the 116th 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.