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“NO” on the motion to invoke cloture on the Continuing Appropriations Resolution (CR) amendment #655.
September 26, 2011
NTU urges all Senators to vote “NO” on the motion to invoke cloture on the Continuing Appropriations Resolution (CR) with Sen. Reid’s (D-NV) amendment (#655). This legislation would fund the government at levels above those agreed to in the House-passed Budget Resolution as well as provide $3.65 billion in disaster-related funding that is not offset by reductions in lower-priority items.
Given the enormous deficits of recent years there is simply no need for Congress to compound the misery of natural disasters with a fiscal disaster. Any Continuing Resolution should propose a sensible set of recommendations to scale back wasteful programs in order to compensate for the federal spending increases triggered by Congress’ response to disasters.
Rather than find offsets, Sen. Reid’s amendment would provide the Federal Emergency Management Agency with $3.65 billion in debt-financed spending. This fiscally irresponsible maneuver would negate more than one-half of the $7 billion in cuts to current spending levels that were agreed to for fiscal 2012 in the debt-limit deal. NTU has long argued in favor of budget process reforms that will speed aid to victims by realistically providing for weather-related contingencies ahead of time. However, if Congress insists on the same patchwork measures, they can and should be crafted without adding to the unsustainable deficit spending that threatens America’s fiscal future.
Roll call votes on the Continuing Appropriations Resolution will be significantly weighted in our annual Rating of Congress and a “NO” vote will be considered the pro-taxpayer position.
If you have any questions, please contact NTU Federal Government Affairs Manager Brandon Greife at (703) 683-5700