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NTU urges all Representatives to vote “NO” on H.R. 3671, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012.

December 16, 2011

NTU urges all Representatives to vote “NO” on H.R. 3671, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012.

 Earlier this year NTU expressed support for passage of the “Path to Prosperity” Budget Resolution – an innovative blueprint for a smaller, more manageable government. However, set against the backdrop of our enormous national debt, even the Path to Prosperity’s approach would have only made moderate progress toward a sustainable budget. Unfortunately, H.R. 3671 takes a detour from this path, cutting a mere $6 billion from last year’s grossly inflated appropriations levels. Although this is obviously preferable to the massive spending hikes seen in recent years, the amount of reduction remains trivial and is certainly not in keeping with promises to restrain out-of-control expenditures. Furthermore, when $8.1 billion of emergency funding contained in companion legislation is factored in, Washington will actually spend more than last year, despite months of haggling over how to trim the federal budget.  

NTU also remains disappointed by the travesty that is the legislative process for this end-of-year appropriations package. Giving Members but a few hours to review a 1,200-page “must-pass” bill that contains more than $1 trillion in spending stands in stark contrast to pledges of transparency and openness made by House leaders during the last election cycle.

Roll call votes on H.R. 3671 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