As details of ongoing negotiations over government funding and the debt ceiling emerge, Americans for Prosperity is again reminding lawmakers of their previous commitments to rein in wasteful government overspending. AFP has firmly held the position that spending levels should be held consistent with the Budget Control Act at $967 billion, and that any increase in the debt ceiling must be linked with dollar-for-dollar spending cuts.
AFP President Tim Phillips made the following statement:
“As we approach $17 trillion in debt, it’s outrageous that politicians would consider a debt limit increase without also carefully scrutinizing wasteful government spending. AFP will continue to urge lawmakers to attach spending reforms to the debt ceiling discussion that will save taxpayers at least as much money as the proposed increase in the debt ceiling. Without these cuts, our budget will never be on a path to balance.”
Yesterday AFP re-released a broad coalition letter to Congress that calls for using the debt ceiling as an opportunity to scrutinize spending, and put much needed cuts in place. That letter can be found here.
AFP also released a list of recommended entitlement reforms that could be used to offset the debt ceiling increase. AFP has recommended over $1 trillion in spending cuts. That list is available online here.