AFP to Congressman Frelinghuysen: Keep Your Promise!

December 10, 2013

Pro-Taxpayer Group Pressures Congressman to Oppose $1 Trillion Deal Violating Federal Spending Cap

BOGOTA, NJ – Americans for Prosperity – New Jersey is bringing grassroots pressure to bear on Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen to live up to his promise to keep federal spending in check.

“With the news breaking that a deal has been brokered that would violate the Budget Control Act spending cap and hike spending up to $1 trillion next year, the pressure is now on Congressman Frelinghuysen to live up to his promise to keep out-of-control federal spending in check,” said Daryn Iwicki, AFP-New Jersey state director.

“It’s not fair to the American people or hardworking families in New Jersey for Congress to continue to spend beyond its means. In this weak economy, people are struggling just to get by. Many have had to cut back expenses and many others are still looking for work,” added Iwicki. “The idea that Congress can’t even live up to its promise to cut 3 cents on the dollar should offend all of us.”

AFP will be ramping up grassroots pressure on Congressman Frelinghuysen to vote “no” on the Ryan/Murray deal through a blitz of phone calls, e-mails and social media.

“Congressman Frelinghuysen is a sitting member on the powerful House Appropriations Committee,” explained Iwicki, “and he has a responsibility to live up to his pledge of fiscal responsibility and to vote no against this raw deal for the American people. We will be mobilizing our army of grassroots citizen-activists to let the Congressman know that’s what exactly what is expected of him and that any politician choosing to go back on their promise will be held accountable for their actions.”

“Congressman Frelinghuysen’s integrity is on the line. Anything less than a no vote would signal that the Congressman is just not serious about cutting spending and doing what is right for the American people and his constituents here in New Jersey,” concluded Iwicki.

Americans for Prosperity has been at the forefront of the fight for fiscal restraint from Washington, D.C. Earlier this year, AFP launched “No Empty Promises!” in order to pressure Congressional members to live up to their pledge to reduce federal spending as agreed to in the BCA and sequester agreements. This morning, AFP issued a key vote alert opposing any budget deal that exceeded $967 billion in spending.

AFP state director Daryn Iwicki is available for further comment. He can be reached by phone at (908) 310-2049 or by e-mail at

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