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Dear FreedomWorks member,
As one of our million-plus FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to contact your representative and ask him or her to cosponsor H.R. 4386, the Budget for Disasters Act. Introduced by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO), the bill would amend the Budget Control Act to place disaster funding under the spending cap. Under the current Budget Control Act, there is a loophole that allows disaster funding to be counted outside the spending cap. The Budget for Disasters Act would remove the loopholes in the Budget Control Act to save taxpayers’ money.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that the Budget for Disasters Act could save around $100 billion over ten years. Last year, Congress spent about $11 billion over the cap due to the “disaster spending” loophole in the Budget Control Act. Budget gimmicks like this allow Congress to hide how much money they are spending from the American people.
The House Budget Committee report has already recommended placing disaster funding under the spending cap. This is a step in the right direction to increase transparency and accountability in the budget process.
Disaster spending should not be excluded from the spending cap. This loophole has allowed Congress to recklessly spend more than the spending limits imposed by the Budget Control Act. I urge you to contact your representative and urge him or her to cosponsor H.R. 4386, the Budget for Disasters Act.
President and CEO
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