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Press Release

    Take a SLICE Out of Excessive Spending

    Download a .pdf of the letter here

    October 17, 2005
    The Honorable Mark Udall
    240 Cannon House Office Building
    Washington, D.C. 20510

    Dear Representative Udall,

    On behalf of the millions of members and supporters of our respective
    organizations, we are writing in support of H.R. 3966, the Stimulating Leadership
    in Cutting Expenditures Act (SLICE.)

    As we all know, Americans have been called upon to help victims of
    Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and they have done so willingly. Congress has
    passed two relief packages worth $62.3 billion and more federal aid is expected
    for the Gulf States. While Americans want to help their fellow citizens, many are
    concerned and angry about wasteful government spending for “bridges to
    nowhere” in Alaska and planes with salmon painted on them. They want action
    from Congress to stop the out-of-control spending and they want it now. It is
    important that Democrats and Republicans work together to control spending, and
    we are encouraged by the bipartisan support for your legislation.

    Our groups have offered many suggestions on how to rein in government
    spending and reduce waste. We have been heartened by the many proposals that
    have been offered by members of Congress to provide offsets to disaster
    spending. In light of that, we are also supportive of your bipartisan proposal to
    give the president an opportunity to offer rescissions to the recently-passed
    transportation and fiscal 2006 appropriations bills and allowing members to vote
    on each rescission. It would allow members of Congress to defend specific
    earmarks and their worthiness, or lack thereof.

    If members of Congress support bills such as H.R. 3966 and other
    legislation that has been offered to provide offsets, wasteful programs will be
    eliminated, spending will be brought under control, the deficit will be reduced,
    and citizens affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita will receive the help and
    assistance they need. Please know that you have our support for H.R. 3966, and
    we encourage your colleagues to co-sponsor this bill.


    Bill Lauderback, Executive Vice
    American Conservative Union
    Grover Norquist, President
    Americans for Tax Reform
    Thomas Schatz, President
    Council for Citizens Against
    Government Waste
    Matt Kibbe, President and CEO,
    John Berthoud, President
    National Taxpayers Union
    Karen Kerrigan, President and CEO
    Small Business & Entrepreneurship