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Americans for Prosperity Activists Push for Balanced Budget Amendment

July 13, 2011 J

-Grassroots visit representatives’ district office urging spending cuts-

SEAVIEW—The Washington State chapter of the free market grassroots group Americans for Prosperity will join a huge coalition of conservative and tea party organizations in a nationwide effort to visit U.S. House Members’ district offices. The grassroots message this coalition will carry is that representatives must support a balanced budget amendment to U.S. Constitution that has spending caps and a requirement for a supermajority vote to raise taxes.

“Our grassroots are really worked up about the need for this balanced budget amendment, with tough limits on spending and taxes. State and local governments all need to work each year to bring their books into order and it’s long past time that the federal government take similar steps,” said Washington State Director, Nansen Malin. “We’re going to visit our federal representatives’ district offices because they need to know how important this amendment is to free market grassroots activists all across this country.”

What: National District Office Day on the Balanced Budget Amendment
When: Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 12:00 Noon.
Who: Americans for Prosperity Grassroots Activists
Where: Find your Senators and House Members here

The national day of district office visits comes just days before the U.S. House will vote on the Balanced Budget Amendment. Next week, the U.S. House will vote on H.J. Res. 1, offered by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R.-Va.), which has received widespread conservative support.

H.J. Res. 1 requires:

• Revenues to match outlays
• Limit spending to 18 percent of GDP
• Supermajority vote in Congress to raise taxes
• Supermajority vote in Congress to raise the debt ceiling
• The President must submit a budget to Congress that balances
• Several other important provisions

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