November 8, 2013
Dear Speaker Boehner and Leader McConnell,
As you know, the recently passed Continuing Appropriations Act provides the
government with funding through January 15, 2014. As Congress considers
appropriations for the remainder of the fiscal year, we urge you to maintain the
spending restraint established by the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA). This
should be the principal goal for fiscal conservatives.
The BCA established limits on discretionary spending through FY 2021
including a cap of $967 billion for FY 2014. While the law is imperfect, the
spending caps are perhaps the biggest policy victory in recent years for
advocates of limited government.
Capping discretionary expenditures will not, by itself, solve all of our nation’s
fiscal problems, but it represents an important step toward spending restraint.
Unfortunately, President Obama has previously suggested that he would veto
appropriations bills that fail to eliminate the sequester. Meanwhile, Senate
Appropriators have completely ignored the post-sequester caps. It is imperative
for fiscal conservatives to uphold the BCA and restrain spending.
If Congress reneges on promises to restrain spending just two years after the
passage of discretionary spending caps, it would send a powerful message to
the American people: Congress cannot control its profligate spending. This
could, in turn, jeopardize other important conservative priorities, as well as the
prospect for economic prosperity. Thus, we believe maintaining post-sequester
BCA caps should be of the utmost importance. We hope you will work to
preserve the law and protect taxpayers from further government expansion.
National Taxpayers Union
Christine Harbin Hanson
Americans for Prosperity
Americans for Tax Reform
Campaign for Liberty
Andrew F. Quinlan
Center for Freedom and Prosperity
Coalition to Reduce Spending
Competitive Enterprise Institute
Peter J. Thomas
The Conservative Caucus, Inc.
Cost of Government Center
Council for Citizens Against Government Waste
Mario H. Lopez
Hispanic Leadership Fund
Gregory T. Angelo
Log Cabin Republicans
R Street Institute
Taxpayers for Common Sense
Taxpayers Protection Alliance