ABC News: Lawmakers Rally Lobbyists in ‘Call To Arms’ For Upcoming Spending Fight

Written by admin on February 8th, 2011

Democrats have unlikely allies in their battle to resist Republican led budget cutting;  the lobbyists who represent interests having their funds reduced.

ABC News

As Congress prepares to make deep spending cuts, an army of lobbyists is gearing up to fight back.

In an e-mail obtained by ABC News, a top staffer for the key Senate Appropriations subcommittee called for a meeting of lobbyists and interest groups that would be affected by expected cuts to the Labor and Heath and Human Services budget. The Jan. 24 meeting was attended by approximately 400 people, sources told ABC, and served as a “call to arms” for those determined to fight Republican budget cuts.

“One thing everyone should be able to agree on now is that a rising tide lifts all boats, and that a higher [Labor, Health & Human Services] allocation improves the chances for every stakeholder group to receive more funding,” the committee staffer for Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, wrote in an e-mail inviting people to the meeting.

The meeting is in contrast to the rampant calls all over Capitol Hill to cut federal spending. For instance, a recent proposal from Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., called for an 83 percent cut in funding for the Department of Education.

 

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