TPA Pushes for Rescissions Package

David Williams

June 7, 2018

June 7, 2018

House of Representatives
Washington, D.C.  20515

Dear Representative: 

The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA), representing millions of taxpayers across the country, urges you to vote in favor of the Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act, H.R. 3, introduced by Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). Based on his ability to initiate rescissions under the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974, President Trump has requested that Congress remove $15.4 billion in unnecessary funding.

Despite the successful track record by previous Presidents (including Ronald Reagan) in reducing federal spending via rescissions requests, this tool has not been used in more than 17 years. President Reagan’s requested package of $15.36 billion was mostly fulfilled by Congress, and is to date the largest request in American history. President Trump has made history by topping President Reagan’s figure and proposing $15.4 billion in federal cutbacks.

While the fiscally irresponsible 2018 Omnibus bill will remain completely intact, H.R. 3 will target funds from previous years that lie dormant in the budgeting process. Without the restoration of these dollars to the American people, the budgeted funds will surely be used in future years for dubious purposes. Passing H.R. 3 would set a welcome precedent for the restoration of the rescissions process, and open the door to the clawing back of 2018 Omnibus funds in future years.

Additionally, supporting the legislation sends a strong message that Congress is willing and able to combat waste. The return of trillion dollar deficits this year has left taxpayers in the lurch, undermining the confidence inspired by the tax reforms passed in December. Congressional leaders have blatantly disregarded spending limits, despite reports identifying hundreds of billions of dollars in wasteful spending that can easily be eliminated. 

This year, for instance, TPA uncovered 642 earmarks totaling $29.8 billion (click here to see the full list) that were not requested by the Pentagon and inserted by members of Congress. Supporting the continued banning of earmarking while remaining proactive about clawing back spending sends a consistent message of fiscal restraint.

Ultimately, no one measure will prove enough to halt the reckless spending tolerated for too long in the halls of Congress. But, as Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said of the rescissions process, “It’s a good start — let’s pass it.” At the very least, limiting the ability of agencies to tap into a contingency funding will curb the trend of duplicative spending. By voting YES on H.R. 3, you can do your part in ensuring bad habits will not be tolerated.


David Williams

You can find the full letter PDF here