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“YES” on Rep. Garrett’s (R-NJ) amendment to H.R. 2354, the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act of 2012.
July 12, 2011
NTU urges all Representatives to vote “YES” on Rep. Garrett’s (R-NJ) amendment to H.R. 2354, the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act of 2012. This amendment would save taxpayers roughly $500 million by eliminating funding for some of the more egregious examples of distortionary energy-policy schemes.
NTU previously supported an amendment proposed by Rep. McClintock (R-CA) that would go much further in identifying and eradicating harmful intrusions into the energy marketplace. Unfortunately, those cuts were defeated by a vote of 96-313, raising serious questions about this Congress’ commitment to reducing wasteful energy subsidies. Rep. Garrett’s amendment, though narrower in scope, provides a second change for Congress to demonstrate that it takes seriously the harmful impacts that our deficit and misguided energy policies will have on taxpayers.
The budget status quo is simply unacceptable. If all of the Appropriations bills pass out of the House at current levels, only $30.3 billion will have been cut from next year’s deficit. That would mean that the sum total of the proposed cuts, before going to President Obama or the Senate, is $8 billion less than was promised in the Continuing Resolution from last year. While any budget reductions in a time of trillion-dollar deficits are welcome, these modest cuts in appropriations will hardly restore the kind of genuine fiscal responsibility taxpayers seek.
Roll call votes on Rep. Garrett’s amendment will be significantly weighted in our annual Rating of Congress and a “YES” 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