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Senate Key Vote: NO on CR exceeding $967 billion

Dec 13, 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 a continuing resolution if it 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), as modified by subsequent fiscal legislation. AFP opposes legislation that raises discretionary spending without offsetting the increase with other spending cuts.

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

The proposed continuing resolution represents a spending increase relative to the BCA caps by establishing a discretionary budget authority of $986 billion. 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.

This is a critical moment in the fight to get federal spending under control.  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.

I urge you to vote NO on the continuing resolution if 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