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Key Vote

Key Vote NO on Cloture for the "CRomnibus"

As one of our over 6.7 million FreedomWorks activists nationwide, I urge you to contact your senators and ask them to vote NO on cloture for the hybrid omnibus appropriations and continuing resolution spending bill.

It is bad enough that this bill fully funds all aspects of the federal government with no appreciable limits on its out-of-control spending. Over a trillion dollars in base spending, with extra spending tacked on in off-budget “emergency” spending so that the bill appears to fit under the legally-mandated Budget Control Act spending caps.

But the worst feature of this bill is the dishonest and secretive process used to produce it. Crafted behind closed doors, with most lawmakers having little or no access to the proceedings, there was no opportunity for any open votes or public input on the many special interest provisions that were added and subtracted from the bill.

A perfect example of the negotiators’ disregard for the views of individual Members (and their constituents) was the elimination of the Massie amendment language to rein in warrantless government surveillance. After passing this summer with an overwhelming, bipartisan majority of 293 votes, the amendment was quietly stripped from the omnibus language – no vote, no debate.

This lack of transparency was deliberate – Congress could have started this bill to fund the government, with a real debate and amendments, at any time this year. Instead, Congress punted its largest and most important duty until after the election, into this “lame duck” session where they knew there would be limited time and lessened scrutiny. This bill is exactly how not to run a government.

Therefore, we hope that you will call your senators and ask them to vote NO on cloture for the “CRomnibus”. FreedomWorks will count this vote as a Key Vote when calculating its Economic Freedom Scorecard for 2014. This scorecard is used to determine eligibility for the FreedomFighter Award, which recognizes Members of Congress who consistently vote to support economic freedom.


Matt Kibbe

President and CEO, FreedomWorks

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"The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government; lest it come to dominate our lives and interests. Patrick Henry

Our forefathers said no to taxation without representation ,
Five hundred forty-five people are responsible for these stunts against the American people. You know who they are.

Dictator Barack Obama, heading the Executive Branch.
There nine Supreme Court Justices comprising the anti constitutional Judicial Branch.
There are 535 pro political party members in the Legislative Branch.
Congress with 435 in the House and 100 Senators.
Today our elected congress no longer represents the People.
They represent the rich lobbyist who make them and their families rich by bribery, extortion, cronyism, nepotism, patronage, graft.
Congress got an overwhelming mandate from We the People in 2010 to cut spending and reduce the debt,. In 2014 again the mandate was for them to take care of the economy and Obama's unconstitutional executive order on immigration. They have made feeble gestures while continuing to deny the will and wishes of the people who elected them.

They are also breaking their own laws on immigration ,

8 U.S.C. § 1324 : US Code - Section 1324 - Bringing in and harboring certain aliens
It is a violation of law for any person to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection in any place, including any building or means of transportation, any alien who is in the United States in violation of law.
The penalty for felony harboring is a fine and imprisonment for up to five years for each alien harbored.
Where the crime causes serious bodily injury or places the life of any person in jeopardy, the penalty is a fine and up to twenty years' imprisonment.
If the criminal smuggling or harboring results in the death of any person, the penalty can include life imprisonment.
Convictions for aiding, abetting, or conspiracy to commit alien smuggling or harboring, carry the same penalties.

Our forefathers had a revolution rather than pay modest taxes to the British government, where they had no representation. .
Americans, today are over taxed and, just as in 1776, there is no visible representation.
Taxation without representation is tyranny.

“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. BUT IT CANNOT SURVIVE TREASON FROM WITHIN. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But THE TRAITOR MOVES AMONGST THOSE WITHIN THE GATE FREELY, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of GOVERNMENT itself. FOR THE TRAITOR APPEARS NOT A TRAITOR; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, HE APPEALS TO THE BASENESS THAT LIES DEEP IN THE HEARTS OF ALL MEN. HE ROTS THE SOUL OF A NATION, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A MURDERER IS LESS TO FEAR. THE TRAITOR IS THE PLAGUE.”

Marcus Tullius Cicero
(106-43 B.C.) Roman Statesman, Philosopher and Orator

Attributed. 58 BC, Speech in the Roman Senate

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James Tibbs

I am appealing to all true republicans and especially to conservatives to remember who voted for the communist am who voted to give the Marxist president and his far left communists and progressives everything they wanted in the budget bill. They have ignored what the voters want, literally spitting in our faces. I beg you to remember wo they are, the ones who decided to give the Obama agonist ration a billion dollars of our money to feed and cloth illegal immigrants for this, next year it will double, not to mention voting rites, food stamps, social security, and Medicare. He. Is indeed overloading the economy. Wake-up steeple.