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Key Vote

    Key Vote NO on Speaker Boehner's Revised Debt Ceiling Plan

    Dear FreedomWorks member,

    As one of our million-plus FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to contact your Representative and ask him or her to vote NO on Speaker Boehner’s revised debt ceiling plan. While we applaud House leadership for passing the Cut, Cap and Balance Act last week, we do not support Speaker Boehner’s new compromise, which violates the Cut, Cap and Balance Pledge because it neither cuts nor caps nor balances federal spending.

    The new Boehner plan does not cut spending sufficiently enough to reduce the deficit next year and thereafter. Step one of the revised Boehner plan would grant a $900 billion debt hike.  Step two would grant another $1.6 trillion debt hike, contingent on congressional passage of the super-committee’s spending-and-tax-hike bill, and a Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA).  The revised Boehner bill doesn’t state what the BBA must include. The Speaker’s proposal would only cut $6 billion next year and $1.2 trillion in discretionary spending over the next 10 years—which is less than this year’s budget deficit alone. Even if all of these spending cuts come to fruition (they usually do not), it would still increase our national debt to $23.7 trillion by the end of the decade. The plan would only slightly reduce our nation’s projected debt-to-GDP ratio from 104 to 92 percent.

    Furthermore, the plan does not cap federal spending and thus does not put us on a path to a balanced budget. Instead, it caps only discretionary spending which is already capped by definition and accounts for only 39 percent of the budget. Boehner’s plan will increase the debt ceiling by $1 trillion immediately without first passing a strong Balanced Budget Amendment out of Congress. It will increase the chances of a tax hike by giving significant legislative power to a 12-member “Super Committee” charged with producing $1.8 trillion in 10-year deficit reduction. The committee would have 6 Democrats and 6 Republicans, but would likely be 4 liberals, 4 moderates, and 4 conservatives, rendering irrelevant the conservative coalition of new Members of Congress that has empowered Speaker Boehner at the negotiating table.

    Boehner’s plan is unnecessary since the House has already passed the Cut, Cap and Balance (CCB) Act, which reflects the spirit of the Pledge. Even though Senate Democrats voted to table the Act instead of debate it, it remains parliamentary alive in—and could be passed by—the Senate. We must not allow Senate Democrats to obstruct the CCB Act. The CCB Act is only introduced plan that could protect our national AAA credit rating is Cut, Cap and Balance.

    I urge you to call your representatives and ask them to vote NO on Speaker Boehner’s debt ceiling plan. We will count their vote 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.]

    6 comments
    Sol Invictus
    08/03/2011

    It is OVER ! Boehner has sold out the American people. It is time we once again raise up in protest and MARCH !!! The Sept 12th anniversary of the first March ( of over 1 million patriots ) fast approaches !! We need to descend on Washington again with even bigger numbers !! Many , many patriots are just awaiting the call...

    We the People are angry and frustrated and need to let Boehner and all other rinos ( and the rest of congress and Obama ) know that we will not stand for this !!

    I felt we should have marched sooner, but now we definetly need to !!

    last year the Beck rally kept the numbers lower than they should have been, but now we are all together and can unify for the Sept 12th ( or that weekend ) date.

    Biden calls us terrorists, the MSM lies and says that the debt bill is a victory for us ( the Tea Party ) and the rest of the democrats and others try to tear us down.., and yet we sit......, we need to MARCH..!!!

    Victoria Dwyer
    07/30/2011

    I'm new here and admit I'm no financial expert, but I've just received (a few days ago) a letter from my stock brokerage firm - inherited them when my grandfather passed - telling me to contact my congress person and senators to urge them to increase the debt limit because my stocks (which I have never taken from, saving them for my kids college) are at risk. I've finally made back most of what I lost in 2007/8 and I really don't want to go backwards again. Please explain why this is good for Americans. I really want to know and by reading here I've yet to find a good reason to support defaulting on bills we've, congress, have already incurred. When I buy something on credit, like my house - so I'm in debt for the next 20 years - I believe my obligation is to pay for it. Why do you believe America should now, not paid her debts? I'm not being confrontational, I just want to understand.

    CN46241
    07/31/2011

    I vote "absolutely NOT" on the Boehner bill. because it cuts SS, Medicare and whatever the low income/worse off people need. and it also "CUTS" taxes for the very "rich". and they don't deserve cuts because they can afford an increase in taxes.

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    Daniel Freschi
    07/29/2011

    It takes COURAGE!!! Support those who have it http://www.zazzle.com/courage_bumper_sticker-128237239869210745?rf=23860...

    Mary Markey
    07/29/2011

    I made a call to Kevin Yoder, Kansas, 3rd district. Tally that as one of the calls made.

    Elton Reynolds
    07/29/2011

    How many of you were taught while growing up...that it is OK to compromise and negotiate on many things...but two things that should never be compromised, are values and beliefs...for that is what character is all about...doing the right things when the doing of them is hard...ANYONE can do the right thing when it is easy.

    That brings us to today in Congress and the White House. The Demo-Socialists have been doing what comes easy for over 60 years...gradually at first and now over the last four years, "petal to the metal." They have passed every spending bill they could think up. Now however, the going is not so easy.

    We, the People, after a long nap, are waking up...to the mess that we find ourselves in because of rampant, irresponsible, unsustainable spending on socialistic programs and pork belly self serving projects that benefit few if any outside the small confines of an individual representative's district.

    God Bless our Taxed Enough Already 2010 representatives who have been fighting to toe the line in the sand...exactly what We, the people sent them to Washington, D.C. to do. EVEN WHEN IT IS HARD.

    We salute you for your service...and say...God's speed...

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