December 10, 2013

Raleigh, NC – This morning Americans for Prosperity (AFP), the nation’s foremost advocate for economic freedom, issued a statement as details of a budget deal from the Budget Conference Committee continue to emerge.

AFP-North Carolina Policy Specialist, Donald Bryson had this to say:

“Two years ago, a bipartisan deal was reached by Congress and signed into law by President Obama that capped discretionary spending at $967 billion in the 2014 fiscal year.  This past spring the American people sided with Republicans in the House when they stood firm in the face of President Obama’s hysterical predictions that the modest sequestration spending cuts would harm our nation.

“Now, members of Congress need to once again stand firm in upholding the modest sequestration spending cuts that both parties agreed to for the current fiscal year.  Otherwise, those lawmakers are breaking their word to the American people to finally begin reining in government over-spending. The time to control spending is right now.

“The American people demanded, and were promised, reasonable spending limits. Politicians choosing to go back on their promise will be held accountable for their actions.”

AFP has issued a national key vote alert opposing any budget deal that exceeded $967 billion in spending.

AFP is urging activists nationally to contact their members in Congress to vote against the Conference Committee Budget Deal. In North Carolina, activists are specifically being asked to call, e-mail or visit the offices of legislators who voted for the Budget Control Act of 2011. Those legislators are:

  • Sen. Richard Burr (R)
  • Sen. Kay Hagan (D)
  • Rep. Howard Coble (R; NC-6)
  • Rep. Renee Ellmers (R; NC-2)
  • Rep. Virginia Foxx (R; NC-5)
  • Rep. Patrick McHenry (R; NC-10)

AFP activists will be conducting visits to the offices of Senator Richard Burr, in Wilmington, and Representative George Holding, in Fremont, on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.

Earlier this month, AFP launched a nationwide effort called No Empty Promises, which urged free-market activists to make their voice heard at local town hall meetings, and take action via phone, email, and social media.

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