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On behalf of more than 830,000 FreedomWorks members nationwide, I write to urge you to vote “No” on the bloated Fiscal Year 2008 Omnibus Appropriations bill. This huge spending measure is packed with policy riders, earmarks and budget gimmicks that add billions of dollars in spending to an already gigantic U.S. budget.
This bill includes more than 8,000 earmarks, so that politicians can spend taxpayer money on their own pet projects. It has budget gimmicks that hide $14 billion of additional spending, to avoid responsibility for over-spending in Congress. Finally, the bill has policy riders unrelated to the budget priorities that are simply give-aways to special interest groups like labor unions and radical environmentalists.
A better idea for funding the government through next year is a continuing resolution. A clean continuing resolution would leave government programs funded at their current levels, but no more, and would save taxpayers billions of dollars.
On behalf of our members, I ask that lawmakers act responsibly and finally demonstrate some fiscal discipline by passing a continuing resolution. They should not support an omnibus appropriations package that uses budget gimmicks and wasteful earmarks to increase spending for liberal priorities.
FreedomWorks will count your vote on the FY 2008 Omnibus Spending bill as a KEY VOTE when calculating the FreedomWorks Economic Scorecard. The FreedomWorks Economic Scorecard is used to determine eligibility for the Jefferson Award, which recognizes lawmakers with voting records that support economic freedom.
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