March 18, 2016
The Honorable Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Chairman, House Republican Caucus
203 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Chairman McMorris Rodgers,
On behalf of the 1.3 million members of AMAC, the Association of Mature American Citizens, I am writing in support of H.R. 4730, the Unauthorized Spending Accountability Act, or the USA Act. This important piece of legislation takes a significant step to halt unauthorized spending and to restore Americans’ trust in their government. A bill like this is long overdue, and AMAC applauds Chairman McMorris Rodgers for her bold stance on behalf of the American People.
With an ever-increasing deficit, and vital entitlements like Medicare and Social Security facing looming insolvency, the USA Act offers a practical and timely solution to a financial crisis decades in the making. Washington is spending far beyond its means, and has failed to account for the costs associated with long-expired programs leeching funds from the federal government. It has become a common occurrence, in Washington, for federal programs to continue to use resources and tax dollars beyond their legally prescribed expiration. H.R. 4730 seeks to remedy this gross abuse of taxpayer funds in a responsible, sensible way.
Unlike previous bills aimed at cutting programs and rooting out waste, fraud, and abuse, H.R. 4730 grants Congress the necessary legal power to see these programs terminated or properly reauthorized. By implementing a three-year sunset on all unauthorized and expiring appropriated programs, and by mandating that all new and reauthorizing appropriated programs must have a three-year sunset provision, the USA Act will stem the tide of runaway government spending. In addition to restoring financial order in Washington, this bill will also return power to the Peoples’ representatives, allowing them to further scrutinize where and how taxpayer dollars are being spent.
As an organization committed to representing mature Americans and seniors, AMAC is dedicated to ensuring senior citizens’ interests are protected. We commend Chairman McMorris Rodgers and her attentive staff for their commonsense, fiscally responsible, and forward-thinking solution that will affect millions of Americans nationwide. AMAC is pleased to offer our organization’s full support to the Unauthorized Spending Accountability Act.
President and Founder of AMAC