Koch-backed group to target lawmakers who agree to increase spending

Americans for Prosperity, the conservative group backed by the network of conservative donors led by Charles and David Koch, announced a campaign Monday targeting lawmakers who vote for spending increases. “This month, we plan to draw serious attention to our spending problem and show Washington that Americans are indeed sweating this issue. That’s why we’re calling for a freeze,” said chief government affairs officer Brent Gardner for Americans for Prosperity. ADVERTISEMENTThe campaign will focus on visiting congressional district offices during the August recess and holding informational meetings, town halls, and gatherings.  Congress is working on passing a series of spending bills for 2019 that would raise both defense and nondefense discretionary spending in accordance with the bipartisan budget deal agreed to in March. That deal raised 2018 spending levels by $143 billion and 2019 spending levels by an additional $10 billion. Paired with the GOP tax reform, which is projected to cost $1.9 trillion over a decade, the spending deal has contributed to a massive widening of the federal deficit, which is on target to surpass $1 trillion next year, according to White House estimates.  Americans for Prosperity enthusiastically supported the tax law, but is opposing the spending bills, calling on Congress to keep spending level with 2018. “The American dream won’t exist for future generations if we allow our country to head into a debt spiral. This effort is designed to make sure spending remains a critical part of our national discussion,” said Gardner from American For Prosperity. Earlier in the year, President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE railed against the $1.3 trillion 2018 spending package, despite the fact that his administration was involved in negotiating the deal. Trump vowed never to sign another spending bill of that scale. Congress is working to send Trump smaller groupings of appropriations bills in the coming weeks, even if the overall spending level will remain as planned. Trump has thrown other wrenches into the 2019 spending debate as well. On Monday he doubled down on his threat to shut down the government to secure enhanced border security measures. Trump would not say if he would veto a spending bill in September unless it included “full” funding for a border wall, saying, “I’ll always leave room for negotiation.”  Updated on July 31 at 9:55 a.m. Click Here: camiseta river plate

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