Nehls' New 'Spend It At Home Act' Gives Voice to Taxpayers on Government Spending

Nehls' New 'Spend It At Home Act' Gives Voice to Taxpayers on Government Spending

Jackson Bakich
Jackson Bakich
May 10, 2024

The United States government has sent billions of dollars to foreign allies such as Israel, Ukraine, and Taiwan. However, Americans are pretty much split down the middle on whether the U.S. should continue its monetary support of its allies. Because of this notion, Representative Troy Nehls (R-TX) has introduced the Spend It At Home Act, a bill that gives taxpayers the ability to voice their opinion on whether their money should be used for “domestic or international purposes," especially before problems are addressed at home.

Rep. Nehls claims this legislation was inspired by the notion that border security was not addressed in the $95 billion supplemental package that supported the three countries listed above.

“I’ve heard time and time again from my constituents that they are sick and tired of paying taxes to secure Ukraine’s borders, as millions of illegal aliens are flooding across our own,” said Congressman Nehls. “Requiring two boxes on the federal income tax form asking Americans whether they would want their hard-earned dollars spent at home or abroad is a simple solution to show Chuck Schumer and others waiving Ukrainian flags on the House floor that we are not doing the will of the American people. I always put America First, and I hope the data produced by this legislation will encourage my colleagues to do the same.”

Moreover, Representative Barry Moore (R-AL), an original co-sponsor, added that this bill “gives taxpayers a chance” to share their opinion on this topic.

“Nearly half of American taxpayers have said the federal government is sending too much money to Ukraine, but President Biden and the uniparty just defied them and sent another $61 billion anyway,” said Congressman Moore. “This legislation gives taxpayers a chance to make their voices heard on where their hard-earned money is being spent.”

According to the bill’s text, the Secretary of the Treasury would be required to publicly share the amount of U.S. taxpayer dollars used on international purposes and domestic purposes as well as the “aggregate number of taxpayers who indicated that their Federal income taxes should be used [for international or domestic purposes].”

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Jackson Bakich

Jackson Bakich

Born in Orlando but raised in Lake County, Florida, Jackson Bakich is currently a senior at Florida State University. Growing up in the sunshine state, Bakich co-hosted the political talk radio show "Lake County Roundtable" (WLBE) and was a frequent guest for "Lake County Sports Show" (WQBQ). Currently, he is the Sports Editor of the FSView and the co-host of "Tomahawk Talk" (WVFS), a sports talk radio program covering Florida State athletics in Tallahassee.

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