Democrats seek help from lobbyists to keep spending up

February 8, 2011 07:22

“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.

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Urged Lobbyists to Push for Continued Funding



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.

“It seemed to me like they are trying to build momentum to push the Republicans back on their promises on funding levels and I think – to their credit – they were reaching out to a vast number of organizations to build a coalition of people who are willing to take action against whatever may come out of the House.”


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