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AFP Key Vote: Oppose Budget Deal Exceeding $967B

Dec 10, 2013 by AFP

Dear Senators:

On behalf of more than two million Americans for Prosperity activists in all 50 states, I write to urge you to vote NO vote on any legislation that exceeds the discretionary budget authority for any portion of fiscal year 2014 above $967 billion, the level that was already agreed to in the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA), as modified by subsequent fiscal legislation.

I urge you to vote NO on the Ryan-Murray legislation providing funds for fiscal year 2014 that exceeds $967 billion. Americans for Prosperity will include this vote in our congressional scorecard.

The recent budget conference committee led by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan and Senate Budget Chairman Patty Murray presented an opportunity for Congress to live up to the promises that it made on spending control. The committee missed this opportunity. The deal they propose establishes a discretionary budget authority of approximately $1 trillion, exceeding the agreed-upon spending caps by $45 billion in order to do it, and includes a number of revenue increases such as aviation fees and changes to federal employee benefits.

Particularly alarming, the deal includes $23 billion in deficit reduction that is illusionary—trading current cuts for $28 billion in 2022 and 2023 in Medicare changes. American taxpayers deserve spending cuts now, not promises to cut spending in the future, as Congress consistently reneges on them.

I urge you to vote NO on the Ryan-Murray legislation providing funds for fiscal year 2014 that exceeds $967 billion. Americans for Prosperity will include this vote in our congressional scorecard.

Visit our scorecard online: www.AFPscorecard.org

Sincerely,

Christine Harbin Hanson
Federal Affairs Manager
Americans for Prosperity