Sept. 26, 2016, Fairfax, Va.–Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging the House Rules Committee to block any amendment to the water bill that funds Flint, Mich. water:
“If House Republicans approve dollars for Flint, Michigan in the water bill today, they will lose any leverage they possess to block the Internet surrender in the continuing resolution and fuel perceptions that the fix is in. House Republicans should vote down any rule that includes the Kildee amendment to fund Flint, Michigan water. This is not out of animus to the Kildee amendment but rather the inappropriateness of giving Senate Democrats their last spending want in the continuing resolution without their agreeing to stop the Internet giveaway. Dumping the water bill rule that includes Flint spending is the only leverage the House may have over the Senate continuing resolution, since no amendments will be allowed on the House side on the spending bill. It is somewhat stunning that House Democrats are allowed to offer and pass amendments for their priorities but House Republicans are not, including stopping the Internet surrender. It’s almost as if we’ve returned to 2009 with Nancy Pelosi in charge.”
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