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Senate & House Key Vote Alert: Oppose Continuing Resolution Exceeding $967 Billion

Aug 28, 2013 by AFP

Dear Senators and Representatives:

On behalf of more than two million Americans for Prosperity activists in all 50 states, I am writing to inform you that it is AFP’s intention to urge a NO vote on a continuing resolution if that resolution establishes 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).

AFP intends to urge a NO vote on a continuing resolution for any portion of FY 2014 if it exceeds $967 billion. Americans for Prosperity may include this vote in our congressional scorecard.

It is a critical moment in the fight to get federal spending under control.  Congress must stand firm behind its promise to restrain runaway spending.  Disappointingly, it appears that some in Congress want to break the BCA’s caps and go back to profligate “stimulus” spending.  The sequester mechanism is in place to remind Congress and the President that they have already agreed what FY 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.

Passing a so-called date-change continuing resolution at the current levels, even for a short time, will be a spending increase when compared to the BCA caps.  Current discretionary budget authority is $988 billion.  Extending that FY 2013 level beyond September 30 in reliance on the sequester to bring levels back down is poor budgeting and Congress should avoid such an outcome.

AFP intends to urge a NO vote on a continuing resolution for any portion of FY 2014 if it exceeds $967 billion. Americans for Prosperity may include this vote in our congressional scorecard.

Visit our scorecard online: www.AFPscorecard.org

Sincerely,

James Valvo

Director of Policy

Americans for Prosperity