The deadline for Congress to pass its fiscal 2018 spending bill is quickly approaching, and it is up to us to make sure all Members of Congress know how important it is for this budget to reflect our spending priorities.
There are three main problems with the spending proposals under consideration.
First, the amount of spending under consideration is far greater than our nation can afford. Over the next week, we must remind the Republicans in Congress that they campaigned on being fiscally responsible. Now is their chance to prove to us that they meant what they said when they promised to pursue fiscally responsible policies.
Second, Republicans are entertaining the possibility of including a years-long extension of DACA in the spending bill. DACA, Obama’s illegal non-enforcement of our immigration laws for so-called “Dreamers” (illegal immigrants who were brought here as children), does not belong in the spending bill, and should be addressed separately.
Third, Republicans are discussing the possibility of bailing out the insurance companies through the spending bill. When ObamaCare was passed, we correctly warned that it was an unworkable law that would wreak havoc on the insurance market. Over the past eight years, ObamaCare has proven to be every bit as bad as Republicans warned. Congress must understand that we do not want the upcoming spending bill to include any insurance bailouts. ObamaCare continues to fail, and it unfair to expect taxpayers to bail out insurance companies to prop up the law.
Please take the following actions this week. If you do not have time to do all of these actions, please pick one activity, and also ask a friend to take action with you.
1. Call your two U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative and let them know that the American people want lower spending levels, we do NOT want DACA included in the spending bill, and we are opposed to bailing out the insurance companies. We have talking points below for your use.
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2. Use social media to help inform your friends and family about the spending bill – and ask them to oppose proposals to include DACA or insurance bailouts in the spending bill. There are tweet links at the bottom of this email.
3. Sign our petition to show your support for the Second Amendment.
4. We have provided ways for you to get more involved in protecting the Second Amendment.
Thank you for your work helping us improve the upcoming spending bill, and for your work defending the Second Amendment.
Jenny Beth Martin
- The American people are opposed to insurance bailouts. The upcoming spending bill should NOT bail out the insurance companies.
- Spending bills are an inappropriate vehicle for addressing DACA. Do not wrap DACA into the upcoming spending bill.
- Americans are opposed to amnesty for illegal immigrants. American voters want a thoughtful solution to President Obama’s illegal DACA. Congress should not use the spending bill to extend DACA.
- Republicans are proving to be as bad with spending as their Democrat counterparts. The American people elected Republicans and gave them the majority in both chambers of Congress, in part, because we want lower spending levels.
- Republicans need to live up to their campaign promises to reduce spending.
- We stand by the NRA and their members who are exercising their First Amendment right to free speech to stand up for their Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms.
- Our Constitution is critical to protecting the rights and freedoms we enjoy as Americans.
- Members of the Tea Party were targeted for our political beliefs by the IRS and the left, and we stand with our allies who are also standing in defense of the Constitution.