The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) sent a letter to the House of Representatives today, urging Members of Congress to support H.R. 6246, the Puerto Rico Admission Act of 2018.
“In order to fix Puerto Rico’s unstable fiscal course,” the letter states, “efforts should be made to clear a path to statehood. Positioning Puerto Rico to become a state would provide uniform laws, tax policies, and regulations that could unleash the commonwealth’s economic potential and allow it to compete more effectively both domestically and globally.”
“Creating a more level playing field would encourage business investment, improve its ability to react and recover from natural disasters, and reverse the trend of migration from the island that has put a budgetary strain on mainland states like Florida,” the letter continues.
Twenty Republican members of Congress and fourteen Democratic members signed on to the Gonzalez-Colon legislation as original cosponsors.
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) is a private organization created to “eliminate waste, mismanagement, and inefficiency in the federal government” according to its mission statement. The group is grounded in the legacy of President Ronald Reagan’s Private Sector Survey on Cost Control, also known as the Grace Commission, which Reagan directed to “work like tireless bloodhounds to root out government inefficiency and waste of tax dollars.”
The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), wich sent the letter to Congress, is the lobbying arm of CAGW. The CCAGW’s stated mission is to advocate the elimination of waste and inefficiency in government through nonpartisan public education programs and lobbying activities.