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Key Vote

Key Vote YES on the Republican Study Committee Budget

Dear FreedomWorks member,

As one of our million-plus FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to contact your representative and encourage him or her to vote YES on the Republican Study Committee’s budget. Introduced as H.Con.Res. 113, Cut, Cap, and Balance: A Fiscal Year 2013 Budget, it would balance the budget in five years without raising taxes. This is the only budget plan in the House that would meet the seven-year timetable set forth in the Goodlatte Balanced Budget Amendment (H.J.Res. 2), which won the support of 60 percent of House Members last year, including 98 percent of House Republicans.

The RSC budget would enact the Jobs through Growth Act to make the tax code simpler, flatter and fairer. Taxpayers would be given the choice of staying with the current tax code or switching to an income tax with the lowest rates in 80 years. The new optional tax system would have two tax rates of 15 percent and 25 percent. It would also cut the top corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 25 percent to prevent jobs from moving overseas. The RSC budget would provide relief to small businesses by eliminating the death tax, the alternative minimum tax and the capital gains tax on inflation.

In addition to simplifying the tax code, this budget would enact the State Health Flexibility Act to block grant Medicaid and SCHIP to the states. This would free all states from Washington’s one-size-fits-all dictates so that they can design a program that best meets the unique needs of their citizens. It would reform Social Security by gradually raising the retirement age without making any changes for people currently aged 55 or older. The RSC budget would also privatize Fannie and Freddie, eliminate all mandatory spending for Pell Grants and cut agricultural subsidies by abolishing the Direct Payment farm subsidy. The RSC budget would cut discretionary spending to $931 billion and freeze it until the budget balances in 2017.

I urge you to call your representatives and ask them to vote H.Con.Res.113, the Cup, Cap and Balance: A Fiscal Year 2013 Budget. We will count their vote as a KEY VOTE when calculating the FreedomWorks Economic Freedom Scorecard for 2012. 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.


Matt Kibbe
President and CEO
[Click here for a PDF version of this key vote notice.]