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Key Vote NO on the Ryan/Murray Budget Deal

As one of our millions of FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to contact your representative and senators and urge them to vote NO on the budget plan proposed by Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) and Senator Patty Murray (D-Washington), respective chairs of the House and Senate budget committees.

Although the goal of returning to regular order by passing a budget through Congress is laudable—Congress hasn’t fulfilled this basic duty in five years—the result of this budget conference is not acceptable to fiscal conservatives. The proposed plan would increase spending $63 billion above the budget caps set by Budget Control Act of 2011—the only actual spending control achieved by Congress under the Obama Administration. The deal claims to offset these costs by increasing various fees, and by making small reforms to government pensions. These new fees aren’t being used to shrink government or balance the budget; they’re simply a mask to help hide the breaching of the budget caps.

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the deal produces $22 billion in net deficit reduction over ten years. But the “savings” are back-loaded. Whenever Congress promises spending cuts or smaller deficits in the long term to cover spending increases in the short term, the promised “cuts” or “smaller deficits” often fail to materialize. Unless we make permanent reductions in entitlement spending, we can’t be sure that the higher spending levels in the early years won’t simply become the new, higher base from which still further spending hikes are enacted in the future.

Congressman Ryan claims that the plan doesn’t raise taxes. But whether the government collects more revenue by fees, taxes, tariffs, excises, or penalties, the government is still taking more of your money to pay for its spending addiction. Our federal government has a spending problem, not a revenue problem.

For these reasons, I urge you to call your members of Congress and ask them to vote NO on the Ryan/Murray budget plan. We will count their vote as a KEY VOTE when calculating FreedomWorks’ Economic Freedom Scorecard for 2013. The Scorecard is used to determine eligibility for the FreedomFighter Award, which recognizes Members of Congress who consistently vote to support economic freedom.


Matt Kibbe

President and CEO


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Kevin Hennelly

Matt, why can't you guys stop this nonsense and develop a long ball plan. Hey maybe something like, win the senate in 2014 and the white house in 2016. Use the budget deal to show the american people that there will NEVER be any real reform of budgets, pensions or entitlements until Republicans control the senate, period. Why fight this battle and distract from the best issue the Democrats have ever handed us Obama Care. The only news we need to see is how bad this is, how many folks are impacted and how many jobs are lost.

Sit down with the RNC and map out a strategy to win. It seems like your strategy is to fight. remember you have to fight to win but fighting by itself does not guarantee victory. I agree with with everything you guys say but lets get real and focus on victory. With this non budget deal out of the way and no shut downs for 2 years there is no excuse for not winning 10 senate seats and 25 house seats. Lets win!!!!!!!!!!

Chris Coke

This kick the can mentality is ridiculous. Its time to fix the problems they created. Bohner is part of the problem, not part of the solution. He's got to go!

Jay Barnhart

This politics as normal crap has to stop. The continued "push the problem down the road" is a joke and the American people see through it....I emailed my representatives and told them to push for a real budget with real cuts that take effect today, not 10 years down the road...

Edwin Loftus

Good analysis. Unfortunately ... I live in Patty "I don't need to see the evidence" Murray's blue-state and "Baghdad" Jim McDermott is my Congressman. We few, but proud are little more than tiny red pimples on the blue-blue face of the People's Republic of Washington. But Matt is right. Any savings in today's compromises will just be used as 'seed-money' for future spending opportunities. So it has been for 80 years and so it will be in the next ten or twenty unless something more fundamental changes and the Democrat's opposition becomes a party that wants to take their toy of centralized domestic government away instead of just trying to make the centralized domestic government more "fiscally responsible". We've watched the big government conservatives lose ground on that position pretty steadily over the last century or more. I for one find them boring as representatives. Not quite as scary as the main alternative, but inevitably born to lose none-the-less.