Key Vote: NO on the Senate T-HUD Appropriations

Dear FreedomWorks member, 

As one of our millions of FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to contact your Senators and urge them to vote NO on S. 1243, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations (T-HUD) Bill. The T-HUD bill increases spending to $54 billion in fiscal year 2014 and contains wasteful pet projects that should be cut. Please tell your Senators to vote against this fiscally irresponsible bill that disregards the spending limits set forth by the Budget Control Act of 2011. 

The massive Senate T-HUD bill will increase the national debt and hurt taxpayers. The spending levels in the bill are $2.4 billion more than President Obama‚Äôs request and $2.3 billion more than fiscal year 2013 spending levels. There are many inefficient programs in the bill such as the Essential Air Service and Appalachian Regional Commission. These programs that force taxpayers to subsidize low demand airports and special interest pet projects should be eliminated to boost economic prosperity. Other wasteful programs in the bill include the Federal Aviation Administration and Amtrak. These costly programs should be eliminated since the private sector can better handle transportation than government monopolies. Voting yes on the current appropriations bill that contains these wasteful programs would be fiscally reckless. 

The T-HUD bill is a plan by big spenders in Washington to get rid of the sequester savings. Sequestration is a good step in the right direction and Congress must keep their promise on the sequester savings they made to the American people. Under sequestration, the funds for Transportation and Housing and Urban Development should be reduced from last year. The current bill breaks that spending promise. The massive appropriations bill that will increase the unsustainable national debt is a step in the wrong direction.

I urge you to call your Senators and ask them to vote NO on S.1243, the T-HUD Appropriations Bill. We will count their vote as a KEY VOTE when calculating the FreedomWorks Economic Freedom Scorecard for 2013. Our scorecard is used to determine eligibility for the FreedomFighter Award, which recognizes Members of Congress with voting records that support economic freedom.


Matt Kibbe

President and CEO