Lance Addresses Fiscal Issues With Taxpayer Advocacy Group Americans for Tax Reform
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today addressed the taxpayer advocacy organization Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) at its Washington, D.C. headquarters. During the visit Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist praised Lance for his efforts to bring fiscal responsibility and accountability to Washington, including the Seventh District lawmaker’s successful efforts to stop a taxpayer-funded bailout of insurance companies under ObamaCare.
“Congressman Lance succeeded in stopping the Obamacare bailout of big insurance companies. Thanks to the work of Congressman Lance and his colleagues taxpayers are now spared billions that the Obama Administration planned to dole out to insurance companies, with taxpayers footing the bill for failed exchanges and too-good-to-be-true premiums,” Norquist told the audience.
Lance added, “Washington should not be picking winners and losers in the healthcare marketplace. By enacting a law to end the insurance bailout under the federal risk corridor program we have struck a blow to Obamacare and saved taxpayers more than $2.5 billion. This effort would not have been successful without the support of groups like Americans for Tax Reform.”
During the meeting, the Congressman discussed issues important to ATR including his legislation to make taxpayer-funded research compiled by the Library of Congress open and available to the public. The Library’s Congressional Research Service (CRS) creates of thousands of reports every year but limits their availability only to Members of Congress.
“Valuable information that would prove critical to our public debate is paid for by taxpayer funds but this information is not available on any website or publication. Everyone should be able to see this information. We are working hard on this issue of transparency and fairness to taxpayers,” Lance told the audience.
Mr. Norquist said, “Americans for Tax Reform is working with Congressman Lance to drum up support for his effort to open Congressional Research Reports to the public. Taxpayers pay $100 million dollars a year to research policy issues – yet these reports are locked away in the Washington. ATR backs Lance’s effort to open these reports to everyone.”