Letters to the House and Senate Opposing FY 2018 Budget Resolutions

October 5, 2017

Letter to the Senate

October 4, 2017
 
Dear Senator,
 
On behalf of our millions of members and supporters across the country, we urge you to oppose the Senate Budget resolution during mark up in the Senate Budget Committee this week. As drafted, this resolution threatens the health of our nation’s environment and communities. This proposal assumes trillions of dollars in spending cuts by continuing, instead of responsibly addressing, the blunt sequestration caps put in place by the Budget Control Act of 2011. We are also very troubled by, and steadfastly opposed to, the inclusion of non-budget related resolution instructions aimed at opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling.
 
This budget resolution does not represent regular order, nor a process the Senate should be pursuing in producing annual budget and appropriations legislation. By including instructions to only two committees, the Committee on Finance, and the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, this resolution clearly fails at guiding spending trajectories or ensuring fiscal responsibility. Instead this resolution serves as a grab-bag of ideological pursuits aimed at avoiding regular order via the budget reconciliation process.
 
 
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Letter to the House

 
October 4, 2017
 
Re: Oppose the House Budget Resolution
 
Dear Member of Congress,
 
On behalf of our millions of members and supporters across the country, we urge you to oppose the House budget resolution, H.Con.Res 71, being considered on the floor this week. This irresponsible budget threatens the health of our nation’s environment and communities. This proposal envisions drastic cuts and does nothing to address the blunt sequestration caps put in place by the Budget Control Act of 2011. Additionally, it contains a range of ideologically driven reconciliation instructions including drastically out-of-place instructions aimed at opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas development.
 
We support a responsible budget process and the return to regular order to fund the federal government, this is not regular order. Unfortunately, this budget resolution fails to meet the fiscal needs our country has, and serves as a grab-bag of ideological pursuits aimed at avoiding regular order via the budget reconciliation process. We support a return to regular order, a return to the regular budget and appropriations cycles, and a responsible solution to the sequestration caps created by the Budget Control Act of 2011.
 
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