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As one of our over 5.7 million FreedomWorks activists nationwide, I urge you to continue to contact your senators and ask them to vote NO on H.R. 5325, the vehicle for the continuing resolution (CR) expected to be considered by the Senate today.
On Tuesday, the Senate had a procedural vote to continue consideration of the bill, which failed. Senate Republican leadership have now brought forward a new CR that still fails to meet the conservative priority of avoiding a lame duck session of Congress. Conservatives want the CR to expire in 2017. FreedomWorks urges a NO vote on H.R. 5325, to which the CR will be attached. The CR is scheduled to expire on December 9, ensuring a lame duck session of Congress and weeks of minimally accountable governing.
As FreedomWorks stated in our first key vote alert opposing the CR, “the legislation violates the conservative principles of fiscal responsibility by pushing tough spending decisions into the lame duck session of Congress, rather than into 2017. This short term funding measure reinforces the status quo, damages our economy, and fails to honor regular order.”
A CR that expires in the lame duck is a CR designed to bolster the failed Beltway practice of legislating at the expense of the American taxpayers instead of for them. This CR is designed by the same lawmakers who are in part responsible for our nation’s $19 trillion debt. This debt threatens our national security and our economic health. The CR will continue this pattern of irresponsible spending by forcing a new spending measure to be considered in a lame duck when the current session of Congress is wrapping up and members are at their least accountable.
Please contact your senators and ask them to vote NO on H.R. 5325, the legislative vehicle for the CR. FreedomWorks will count the votes on this bill as a Key Vote when calculating our Scorecard for 2016. The scorecard is used to determine eligibility for the FreedomFighter Award, which recognizes Members of the House and Senate who consistently vote to support economic freedom and individual liberty.
Adam Brandon, President and CEO, FreedomWorks