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    FreedomWorks Letter Support Amendments to SBIR Bill to Cut Spending

    Dear FreedomWorks member,

    As one of our million-plus FreedomWorks members nationwide who support free markets, I urge you to contact your senators and ask them to support several amendments to S.493 the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Reauthorization Bill.

    With our nation over $14 trillion in debt, our representatives must support any effort to rein in excess spending. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) should have been spending his time seriously addressing spending cuts sent over from the Republican-controlled House in H.R. 1, the Continuing Resolution, rather than debating the patent reform bill and the SBIR Reauthorization Bill. It is still unclear exactly which amendments to the SBIR Reauthorization Bill which will be voted on. The following amendments are all expected to be vote on soon and will set us in the right direction towards prosperity and job creation:

    Amendment #119, by Rand Paul, that would cut $200 billion in FY2011 by reducing discretionary spending and take most programs to FY2008 levels.

    Amendment #183, by Mitch McConnell, to prohibit EPA regulation of greenhouse gas emissions.

    Amendment #178, by David Vitter, to sell unused Federal property.

    Amendment #161, by Mike Johanns, to repeal the 1099 reporting requirements.

    Amendment #197, by Kay Bailey Hutchison, to delay implementation of Obama’s health spending bill until pending lawsuits are resolved.

    We urge you to contact your senators and ask them to vote YES on all of these amendments, if offered. We will count their vote on these amendments to S.493, the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Reauthorization Bill, as a KEY VOTE when calculating the FreedomWorks Economic Freedom Scorecard for 2011. The Economic Freedom Scorecard is used to determine eligibility for the Jefferson Award, which recognizes members of Congress with voting records that support economic freedom.

    Sincerely,
     
    Matt Kibbe
    President and CEO
    FreedomWorks
    [Click here for a pdf version of this letter.]