Andrew Roth - December 21st, 2017
KEY VOTE ALERT
“NO” on Fake Disaster Relief Bill (HR 4667)
The Club for Growth opposes the fake $81 billion “disaster” relief bill (HR 4667) and we urge all members of Congress to vote NO on it. A vote is expected this week in both chambers. The vote will be included in the Club’s 2017 congressional scorecard.
Once again, Congress is trying to ram through a huge spending bill with little warning, claiming that offsets are not needed because it’s an “emergency”. Strangely, of the $81 billion authorized under this bill, only $11 billion will be spent in 2018. The rest is spent over the next several years. This begs the question, “Is this money really being spent on the immediate relief of disaster victims?” Some of this long term spending is focused on NASA research and economic development programs that conservatives have long opposed. It also allows cotton growers to enter into long-term entitlement programs.
This profligate spending needs to stop. This bill further proves that politicians addicted to more spending with little accountability use the “emergency” designation to obfuscate their fiscal irresponsibility. In practice, the designation is meaningless. Members of Congress who profess to support limited government should oppose this bill.
Finally, if HR 4667 is folded into any other bill to ensure that bill’s passage, we will score against it as well.
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