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There's good news and bad news in this lame duck session. The good news is that thanks to your phone calls and emails, GOP leaders are lining up behind earmark bans in both the House and the Senate. Just today, Sen. Mitch McConnell said "the people have spoken - and I'm listening" and that he will support an earmark moratorium.
Getting rid of earmarks is an important first step toward cutting the spending in Washington and it looks like we've met the first post-election challenge for the tea party movement. But our fight is far from over.
It's clear that grassroots action can make a big difference, even when the opposition is a group of lawmakers on the way out, desperate to pull out all the stops to enact their socialist agenda. Now that the liberals have been thrown out of power in Congress, the pressure is that much greater on Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi in these last weeks.
The Bush-era tax cuts are about to expire and taxes could shoot up for millions of Americans already struggling in the current economic downturn. The election was clear: Washington has a spending problem, not a fudning problem. Tax hikes would hurt the economy even further.
and tell Congress: No Lame Duck!
Unfortunately, getting rid tax cuts aren't the only thing on Pelosi's Big Government Wish-List before she exits the Speaker's office. She, and Harry Reid would still like to pass the cap and trade energy tax, slap the American taxpaeyrs with another "Stimulus" bailout, pile on more tax hikes to fund their socialist agenda, and allow the death tax to come back next year at 55%.
Tax hikes, bailouts, and more big government spending in the face of the recent election would amount to little more than a violation of the will of the people. "We the People" spoke with our votes and we said "We want less - lower taxes, less spending, less government."
Congress should stop the out-of-control spending, not try to raise taxes. One of the best places to start reigning in the spending is the bloated EPA budget. This agency's budget has grown exponentially more than any other government agency and should be first on the list for a serious spending diet.
and tell your lawmakers: No Lame Duck!
According to a Rasmussen poll, 65 percent of voters oppose a lame-duck session because it would trample on our founding documents, mute the voice of the people and disregard the final results of the November election. Now that the election is over, congressional leaders should act with the dignity their office demands and refuse to pass controversial legislation until the new Congress is sworn in next January.
Thank you for your ongoing vigilance on behalf of more freedom. Keep up the great work.
On behalf of FreedomWorks’ activist community, I urge you to contact your representative and ask him or her to co-sponsor the Agency Accountability Act, H.R. 850, introduced by Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Ala.). The bill would require federal agencies to deposit revenues collected through fines, fees, or proceeds from legal settlements into the general fund of the Treasury.
FreedomWorks activists got two big wins today. The Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee approved Attorney General Scott Pruitt (R-Okla.), and the Senate Finance Committee approved Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.). These nominees are now headed to the Senate floor for confirmation.
Immediately following the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s vote on Attorney General Scott Pruitt (R-Okla.) for Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, FreedomWorks CEO Adam Brandon released the following statement:
Following the conclusion of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on the confirmation of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), FreedomWorks CEO Adam Brandon commented:
Environmental groups have declared war against Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump's nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Don't be surprised if Mr. Pruitt's nomination hearing this week degenerates into a three ring circus of obnoxious and disruptive Big Green antics, the new M.O. of the left these days.
FreedomWorks is proudly supporting Scott Pruitt as the nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He has demonstrated his commitment to defending the separation of powers by fighting the EPA for constitutional overreach. He will hold the executive branch accountable when it comes to power and regulations, and will further his consistency in keeping federal intrusion out of the rights of both the states and individuals.
Following Sen. Tom Carper’s (D-Del.) remarks Tuesday calling for a delay to the confirmation process for Scott Pruitt, President-elect Trump’s nominee to lead the EPA, FreedomWorks CEO Adam Brandon comments:
On behalf of FreedomWorks’ activist community, I urge you to contact your Republican senator(s) and urge him or her to support the amendment introduced by Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) to extend the existing ban on earmarks in the Senate. The amendment will be proposed in the Senate Republican Conference meeting Tuesday.