AFP Applauds Senate For Upholding Spending Cap
ARLINGTON, VA –Americans for Prosperity (AFP),the nation’s leading grassroots organization in championing economic freedom, today applauded the Senate for rejecting a motion to waive the budget point of order raised against a Hunting and Fishing Bill (S. 3525). Budget Committee Ranking Member Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., raised a budget point of order against the bill for exceeding the spending cap set in the Budget Control Act of 2011. With a vote of 50-44, the budget point of order was sustained.
“I commend Senator Sessions for his leadership upholding the agreement Congress made during last year’s debt ceiling debate,” said James Valvo, AFP Director of Policy. “As Washington continues to almost obsessively focus on raising taxes, it’s nice to see that once in awhile they can stick to budget agreements on spending.”
The underlying bill, sponsored by Sen. Tester, would increase opportunities for recreational hunting and fishing, permit the importation of trophy polar bears shot in Canada, and authorize numerous conservation programs.
“We can’t afford to continue on our path of out-of-control spending indefinitely,” Valvo continued. “It’s one thing to say that you will cap spending, and it’s another thing to keep that promise. Although Congress and President Obama have already broken the BCA caps through the surface transportation bill, yesterday the Senate kept its word.”
Senate Democrats attempted to waive the point of order, but they failed to get the 60 votes necessary.