The Conservative Action Project*, chaired by our friends former Reagan Attorney General Edwin Meese and former Congressman David McIntosh, has taken the lead in organizing conservative opposition to the Ryan – Murray budget deal and to that end has circulated a letter outlining conservative objections to the spending proposal that could come before the House for a vote as early as Thursday, December 12, 2013.
ConservativeHQ.com Chairman Richard A. Viguerie, just returned from a trip to Israel, has added his name to the list of conservatives opposed to giving away the one major conservative victory of the 113th Congress – maintaining the spending reductions in the 2011 deal to raise the debt limit.
The text of the letter and the list of signers as of December 12, 2013, follows.
Conservative Leaders to Congress: Oppose Any Budget Deal That Raises Spending Levels or Increases Revenue
As budget negotiations between the House and Senate continue, we write to urge Congress to oppose any legislation that increases spending above current law or raises new federal revenue.
According to reports, the House and Senate conference committee that was recently convened to negotiate the federal budget is considering a plan that would violate Congress' promise on discretionary spending caps and increase federal revenue. Legislation that raises federal revenue and spending levels is unacceptable to conservatives and the majority of Americans and should be rejected by Congress.
Though conservatives support more spending restraint, the discretionary spending limits defined in the Budget Control Act represent a promise to the American people to marginally slow the growth of government. The budget conference committee represents an opportunity for Congress and President Obama to honor their bipartisan agreement; it is not a vehicle to break budget limits or increase revenue. Rather than searching for ways to abandon a bipartisan spending agreement, Congress should pass legislation that upholds the caps and then focus their energy on something productive, like stopping the train wreck that is Obamacare.
While many have expressed legitimate concerns about the nature of the spending limits, Congress has the ability to repurpose the BCA's caps and limit other areas of discretionary spending as it deems prudent, such as protecting our national defense, without exceeding the $967 billion spending limit. Congress and the President have no excuse to violate their existing budget agreement. Conservatives cannot support any legislation that raises spending levels or increases revenue.
The Honorable Edwin Meese III
Former Attorney General
President Ronald Reagan
The Honorable David McIntosh
Former Member of Congress
Heritage Action for America
Americans for Prosperity
Family Research Council
Let Freedom Ring
Jenny Beth Martin
Tea Party Patriots
American Conservative Union
Tea Party Express
Concerned Women for America
National Taxpayers Union
Taxpayers Protection Alliance
Rappahannock Ventures LLC
The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell
Constitutional Congress, Inc.
Americans for Limited Government
The Madison Project
The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.
Former Domestic Advisor
President Ronald Reagan
The Honorable Alfred S. Regnery
Coalition to Reduce Spending
Richard A. Viguerie
* The Conservative Action Project, chaired by former Attorney General Edwin Meese and former Congressman David McIntosh, is designed to facilitate conservative leaders working together on behalf of common goals. Participants include the CEO's of over 100 organizations representing all major elements of the conservative movement-economic, social and national security.