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Press Release

    Key Vote "NO" on the Senate Fiscal 2009 Budget Resolution

    03/12/2008

    On behalf of hundreds of thousands of FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to VOTE NO on the Senate Fiscal 2009 Budget Resolution. The budget that was reported out of committee calls for huge tax increases by allowing the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts to expire. This would amount to more than $680 billion in new taxes over five years. 

    As if that wasn’t bad enough, the Senate is also considering new tax hikes on the oil and gas industry. These new tax increases would simply be passed on to consumers at a time when families are already struggling to deal with higher food, fuel and health care costs. Adding additional burdens to the middle class will only make things tougher on them. Instead, the Senate budget should seek to reduce both taxes and spending and allow for long-term economic growth to help all Americans keep more of their hard-earned money. 

    To make matters worse, the House-passed version of the Budget Resolution raises the stakes even higher in the Senate.  This is because budget reconciliation instructions contained in the House version open the door for even more tax increases to be added to the budget by the joint House/Senate Conference Committee.  Among some of the most egregious possible tax hikes is an increase to the top marginal tax rate from 35% to 39.6%.

    The one sure way to stop this runaway freight train of spiraling tax hikes is to vote NO on the Senate Budget Resolution.

    We will count your vote as a KEY VOTE when calculating the FreedomWorks Economic Scorecard for 2008. The FreedomWorks Economic 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.org