Americans for Prosperity – OK calls for Entitlement Reforms on Debt Ceiling Increase

October 10, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY – Americans for Prosperity – Oklahoma, the Sooner state’s leading grassroots advocate for fiscal responsibility, today urged Oklahoma’s congressional delegation to make dollar for dollar cuts in federal spending for any increase in the nation’s debt ceiling.  AFP has long supported attaching spending reforms to a debt ceiling increase as a way to get the nation’s long-term fiscal imbalance under control. AFP has recommended $1,005 billion in spending reductions which you can read here.

AFP-OK State Director Matt Ball released the following statement:

“The debt ceiling debate is an opportunity to address the federal government’s spending addiction. Congress should take responsibility to address the root cause of our rising debt through spending reforms that save at least as much taxpayer money as the increase in the debt ceiling.  This is a crucial step towards getting spending under control and controlling our debt crisis. 

“For every dollar the debt limit is raised there should be a dollar in cuts.  There are plenty of opportunities for sensible, needed reductions and reforms that will enable our government to save billions while fulfilling its basic functions. Americans for Prosperity has proposed over $1 trillion in potential budget savings by reforming our broken entitlement programs.

For example, one starting place is to increase the means testing for Medicare.  This proposal could save $31 billion over the next ten years and is a significant step toward entitlement reform.

The Budget Control Act has already constrained the growth of discretionary spending through sequester cuts and these cuts must be kept in place by holding funding in any continuing resolution at $967 billion — the level already agreed to in the Budget Control Act.”

Americans for Prosperity will focus heavy attention on the nation’s spending addiction during the subsequent weeks with earned media and grassroots advocacy.

For further information or an interview, please contact Matt Ball at MBall@afphq.org or (405) 315-3668.

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