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On behalf of over a million FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to vote YES on Rep. Jordan’s amendment #104 to H.R. 1 the Full Year Continuing Appropriation Act. As it currently stands, the proposed continuing resolution lowers non-security discretionary spending to $396.6 billion. This would be the largest discretionary spending cut in American history. Rep. Jordan’s amendment would go even further by returning non-security discretionary spending to FY2008 levels, which is $378 billion.
I commend the House for proposing real spending cuts through the continuing resolution. The current continuing resolution cuts spending by $106 billion through the end of September. This is a great start to restore fiscal sanity to Washington. With the national debt at over $14 trillion, it’s time to take action to change the spending culture in Washington.
I urge you to make every effort to cut even more wasteful spending. Rep. Jordan’s amendment would is a great opportunity to do so within the continuing resolution. His amendment includes an 11 percent across-the-board cut for the Legislative branch and a 5.5 percent across-the-board cut for all other non-security discretionary spending. The amendment would cut approximately $20 billion more than the current base bill. I applaud the House leadership for bringing the continuing resolution to the floor under such an open process, which allows for amendments like Rep. Jordan’s.
With many spending cut amendments proposed to the continuing resolution, I am confident that the final product will put us on the path towards fiscal sanity. The American people are counting on you. During the November elections, they overwhelmingly voted for lawmakers who pledged to roll back spending. I urge you to fulfill your promise by voting for Rep. Jordan’s amendment to cut billions more in spending.
We will count your vote on Rep. Jordan’s amendment to H.R. 1 the Full Year Continuing Appropriation Act 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.
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