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YES on the following amendments to H.R. 5822:
The Flake Amendment and The Gingrey Amendment
July 28, 2010
NTU urges all Representatives to vote “YES” on the following amendments to H.R. 5822, the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act:
H.R. 5822 contains a total of $75.9 billion in non-emergency discretionary spending, which is 3 percent below the FY 2010 level. From NTU’s standpoint, this $2 billion decrease is obviously preferable to the typical, massive spending hikes in most appropriations bills, but it remains insignificant. Furthermore, the baseline for appropriations bills has been grossly overinflated in recent years, producing a false perception of major cost savings. Since the funding in H.R. 5822 still amounts to a 26.8 percent increase from FY 2008, taxpayers would be unimpressed by any claims that this legislation marks a dramatic turn toward fiscal responsibility. Congress must enact more sizeable reductions to regain any credibility on the vital issue of spending restraint.
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