Sending Office: Honorable Mark E. Green
I invite you to cosign my letter to OMB Acting Director Russell Vought to support the Trump Administration’s foreign aid rescissions package. This commonsense proposal to trim $4 billion of fat off of our nearly $50 billion foreign aid budget should be strongly
supported. If Congress can’t even accept modest proposals such as this, then our $22 trillion national debt will continue to skyrocket.
Please see the letter below. If you have any questions or to cosign, please contact my Legislative Director at
MARK E. GREEN
Member of Congress
Acting Director Russell T. Vought
The Office of Management and Budget
725 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20503
August #, 2019
Dear Acting Director Vought,
With the national debt reaching unprecedented levels and Congress unable to kick its spending addiction, we write to support the Trump Administration’s efforts to rein in abusive and wasteful spending in foreign aid as proposed by the Office of Management
and Budget’s rescissions package.
In the Impoundment Control Act of 1974, Congress specified that the President may propose the cancellation of budget authority previously provided by Congress. The rescissions power has been used by presidents from both political parties, starting with presidents
Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter.
The rescissions package proposed by OMB would have the effect of canceling billions of dollars in wasteful spending—spending that’s above and beyond what the President requested in his budget. For instance, while it’s great that there’s an International
Coffee Organization, American taxpayers clearly should not be footing the bill for it. Some of the proposed rescissions are essentially bureaucratic slush funds, with money sitting unspent for years.
While foreign aid is necessary at times to strengthen alliances, that aid needs to be effective. Unfortunately today, many taxpayer dollars included in the rescissions package are directed to U.N. organizations, which in some cases are hostile to the United
States. This money should be returned to the taxpayers rather than given to anti-American, anti-democratic groups. As President Trump stated in his 2018 speech to the U.N. General Assembly, “We are only going to give foreign aid to those who respect us.”
A rescissions package means reigning in unnecessary and reckless spending. We applaud the Trump Administration for taking commonsense steps to end waste, fraud, and abuse in the budget.
Members of Congress
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