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AFP Key Vote Alert: Vote NO on Continuing Resolution

Sep 10, 2013 by AFP

Dear Senators and Representatives:

On behalf of more than two million Americans for Prosperity activists in all 50 states, I urge you to oppose the continuing resolution because it establishes discretionary budget authority for a portion of fiscal year 2014 above $967 billion, the level established in the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA) as modified by subsequent fiscal legislation.

I urge you to vote NO on the continuing resolution because it exceeds $967 billion. Americans for Prosperity will include this vote in our congressional scorecard.

This is a critical moment in the fight to get federal spending under control. Congress must stand firm behind its promise to restrain runaway spending.  The sequester mechanism is in place to remind both Congress and the President that they have already agreed what fiscal year 2014’s spending levels will be.  Passing a continuing resolution above $967 billion will trigger the same across-the-board cuts that ushered in President Obama’s histrionics earlier this year.  It is much better spending policy to simply pass a continuing resolution at the proper level and remove the sequester mechanism from the process.

As AFP stated in March after sequestration took effect: “Speaker Boehner and the GOP House members deserve credit for the standing firm in the face of the President’s campaign of threats and intimidation and insisting that the sequester cuts go into effect. If we are going to get job creation and economic prosperity moving again our nation must rein in government overspending that is crowding out private sector innovation and momentum.”

The proposed continuing resolution breaks this agreement by extending the fiscal year 2013 discretionary budget authority of $988 billion. This represents a spending increase relative to the BCA caps.  Extending the current level beyond September 30 and relying on the sequester to bring levels back down later is poor budgeting and Congress should avoid such an outcome.

I urge you to vote NO on the continuing resolution because it exceeds $967 billion. Americans for Prosperity will include this vote in our congressional scorecard.

Visit our scorecard online: www.AFPscorecard.org

Sincerely,

Tim Phillips

President, Americans for Prosperity